Baramulla- The Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Saturday called upon all the sections of the society to work together to build a strong and peaceful J&K which is economically, socially and culturally rich, to “fulfill the dreams of our forefathers”.
Sinha made these remarks after paying homage to the “Lion of Baramulla”, Maqbool Sherwani and the soldiers of Sikh Regiment, who died in the line of duty while foiling the invasion of Pakistan army regulars and tribal raiders, an official spokesperson said.
The LG, he said, laid wreath at Sikh War Memorial and then paid tributes to Maqbool Sherwani. He also honoured the family of Maqbool Sheerwani, war veterans and kins of freedom fighters during the visit.
Remembering the contributions of Sherwani, Sinha, as per the spokesperson said, in October 1947, this young man fought the “barbaric atrocities” perpetrated by the Pakistani government and its army and protected the pride of the tricolor.
Sinha, he said, also recalled the Sikh heroes led by Lt Colonel Diwan Ranjit Rai who had set a unique example of dedication, valor and devotion to duty in protecting every inch of the land of Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesperson further said that the LG called upon all the sections of the society should work together to build a strong and peaceful J&K which is economically, socially and culturally rich, to fulfill the dreams of our forefathers.
“I also salute the sacrifices of our forefathers who kept our flag flying high and ensured our journey on the road to progress was uninterrupted. Youth must take the inspiration from ideas and ideals that shaped our destiny to face the challenges of the future,” Sinha said.
He further said that today, J&K is marching ahead towards peace, development and prosperity only because of the sacrifices made by our security personnel, brave hearts like Maqbool Sherwani and their families.
“We are on a threshold of a new era in J&K. Let us work together to make history and ensure our rightful place in Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. We must work shoulder to shoulder to build a prosperous Jammu Kashmir,” Sinha said, according to the spokesperson.
The LG, he said, also observed that the historic turn of August 2019 instilled a new confidence in the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“In the last three years, we have overcome many obstacles and difficulties and made new achievements by breaking the restrictions and anti-development laws acting as a hindrance in the path of progress,” he added.
Highlighting the developmental scenario in the district, the LG, as per the spokesperson observed that in Baramulla district, the government had set a target of completing 1038 projects last year but completed 1082 projects, more than the target.
“This year in the District Capex budget, Baramulla has been alloted Rs 1515 crore and work is going on in 1520 projects. Thousands of projects are also being completed under the Central Sector Scheme which will create a better future for the common citizens,” the LG said.
Reiterating that peace is the pre-condition for progress, the LG, as per the spokesperson said that “terrorism and hatred” have no place in a civilized society that believes in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ and it is the responsibility of the people to teach a lesson to those who want to weaken this spirit.
On the occasion, he said, Sinha also laid the foundation stone for the up-gradation project at Government Medical College, Baramulla at a cost of Rs 30 crore, besides dedicating Kalayban Bridge to the local population, catering to the needs of around 4,000 people.
The spokesperson said that the LG also stated that, in Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, every person has to take a pledge to stand up against the forces that weaken the country.
“Let us all together ensure the participation of every citizen in the development process and bring back those who have gone astray back in the mainstream,” Sinha said.
He also extended his special greetings and gratitude to the members of the military, paramilitary forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police who are working day and night in maintaining peace and guarding the borders.
LG Interacts With IAF Gallantry Awardees
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha interacted with serving and retired Gallantry Awardees of Indian Airforce at the Raj Bhavan here on Saturday.
The LG felicitated Air Commodore Pankaj Mittal, Group Capt R Agarwal, Wg Cdr Rajiv Chauhan and Sq Ldr S Nair and complimented them for their service towards the Nation, an official spokesperson said Saturday.
The LG, he said, lauded the personnel of security forces for their indispensable contributions towards ensuring peace and progress of the country.
“We are always indebted to the veterans and serving personnel of all security forces who are guarding the Nation and ensuring peaceful and safe environment for citizens,” Sinha said.
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