63rd RD Celebrated Patriotic Fervor, Enthusiasm Across The Valley

63rd RD Celebrated Patriotic Fervor, Enthusiasm Across The Valley

26 January 2012
Ground report
Vijay Kumar

Srinagar: 63rd Republic Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervor at Srinagar today where Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather unfurled the national flag and took salute at march past at Bakshi stadium. The contingents of BSF, CRPF, ITBP, JKAP, JKP, IRP, Auxiliary Police, Fire Service, Forest Protection Force, Pipe Band and NCC cadets participated in the march past. Congratulating the people of the State, the Minister said that it is time to introspect, assess and make resolutions for accelerating the developmental process. He said that we need to introspect and overcome our weaknesses for the development of our state. Rather said that peace is very imperative for any kind of development and congratulated the people for maintaining peace which created a conducive environment for promoting tourism and other economic activities He said that this year, 12 lakh tourists visited the valley and one crore pilgrims paid obeisance at Mata Vishnu Devi due to peace in the State, which brought cheer on the faces of those people who are directly or indirectly linked with tourism sector. He said that we should salute our armed forces and police who guard our borders and ensure internal security He also reminded the people for sharing their responsibilities towards nation building. He said the Republic Day celebrations also remind us of the great leaders of our Nation, who gave us the constitution and right to equality to the people .He said we have the largest democracy in the world and we should be proud of it. Rather said citizens should be aware of their rights and duties for a strong democracy and it is important that peace and secular fabric of our democracy is strengthened. He said that where the Government has its responsibilities to remove the hardships of the people, the opposition has also to play a positive and constructive role for a healthy democracy. He said that our State like other States of the country has registered tremendous progress in various sectors, like Agriculture, Tourism, Horticulture, and Power etc. He said no doubt there are many un-resolved issues, which can be solved through discussion and dialogue. The Minister also stressed on imparting moral education to the youth so that they become responsible citizens and curbs the social evils. The Minister said that corruption is a menace that can be fought with active participation of the people adding that the newly legislated Public Services Guarantee Act is an important step towards ensuring good and people centric governance where public servants have been made more accountable and answerable. He said that this Act will ensure timely and effective redressal of the various issues of common people. Rather said that the media has a vital role to shape public opinions and they should play it to the hilt. On the occasion, the Minister announced Rs. 2 lakh for purchasing the track Suits for all the students who participated in Republic Day celebration. Minister of State for Home, Tourism & PHE, Nasir Aslam Wani, Opposition leader in the Legislative Assembly and President, PDP, Mtr. Mehbooba Mufti, MLA Batmaloo Irfan Shah, MLA Zadibal Peer Afaq, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, IGP Kashmir, S.M. Sahai and other heads of the departments were present. The artists of Information Department, Academy of Art, Culture & Languages and students of various schools presented colourful cultural programmes on the occasion. Later, the Minister distributed mementos in favour of the best performing participants including officers of Department of Information and Academy Art, Culture and Languages. KUPWARA: At Kupwara, the main function was held at District Police Lines Kupwara where Minister for PHE and Irrigation, Taj Mohi-ud-Din unfurled the National flag and took salute. The contingents of CRPF, IRP, JKAP, JKP, Forest Protection Force and School children participated in March past. In his address, the Minister stressed on the importance of Republic Day adding that the Constitution of the country was framed to envisage equality to all its citizens. He said that today the country is witnessing development in all spheres and the State of Jammu and Kashmir is also marching towards peace and development. He said the present government during last three years has put in best efforts to come upto the expectations of the people and Panchayat election held after a span of three decades is a milestone in empowering the people. He added that Panchayat are the most effective means to ensure people centre governance. The Minister said that the State is endowed with immense water resources and need is to make judicious use of these resources for the prosperity of the State. On the occasion, cultural items were presented by students of various schools. Similar functions were held at Handwara and Karnah Tehsil also.