Lt Gov reviews functioning of Culture, Animal Husbandry Departments

Lt Governor GC Murmu chairing a meeting at Jammu on Wednesday.
Lt Governor GC Murmu chairing a meeting at Jammu on Wednesday.

*Emphasizes on promotion of Sufi Circuits, spiritual tourism

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 11: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today directed for development and promotion of Sufi circuit besides focusing on giving a fillip to spiritual tourism in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is popularly known as the land of Saints and Sufis since time immemorial.
The Lt Governor said this during a meeting, convened to take stock of functioning of Culture Department here today.
He laid special focus on working out a comprehensive plan for developing Sufi Circuits in J&K, which is blessed with several revered shrines of different faiths.
In this regard, he directed the concerned to conduct a detailed census of existing Shrines and festivals observed there which would help in for formulation of a comprehensive plan for promotion of Sufi Circuits.
BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Zubair Ahmad, Secretary Culture Department; Munir Ul Islam Director  Archives, Archaeology and Museums were among the officers who attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the Lt. Governor was informed that there are 129 public libraries, 53 protected monuments and 8 heritage sites in Jammu and Kashmir. Further, about 600 rare manuscripts, 500 painting exhibits, 300 artifacts and an equal number of miniature paintings have been preserved.
Reviewing the status of preservation of historical records, documents and old repositories, the Lt. Gov was informed that digitization of records both in Jammu and Kashmir is in progress. The Lt. Governor instructed the concerned authorities to expedite the process in this regard.
The Lt. Governor observed that the historical manuscripts and files should be opened for public for mass awareness and further academic and research activities.
The Lt. Governor asked the concerned departments to work in synergy and involve them entirely to ensure the desired outcomes and promote rare art forms of Union territory of J&K.
Meanwhile, Lt Governor called for increase in milk production and development of poultry estates for filling the gap between demand and supply of Milk and poultry in Jammu and Kashmir.
He passed these instructions while reviewing the working of Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Departments in the Civil Secretariat here today.
BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner; Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, besides other senior officers of concerned departments attended the meeting.
While reviewing the status of implementation and progress of various schemes, the Lt Governor emphasized the need for implementation of benefit oriented schemes in a time bound manner to achieve the set targets. He said that Animal and Sheep Husbandry is a major sector that caters to the needs of a large chunk of population in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Lt. Governor directed the Animal Husbandry Department to cover the entire J&K under the service of mobile veterinary dispensaries which would be equipped with State-of-the-art facilities.
He stressed on the need to involve Cooperative Societies and encourage the farmers for dairy farming.
While reviewing the working of Fisheries Department, the Lt. Governor was informed that the department has imported genetically modified Rainbow Trout Seed from Denmark to boost the production of trout fish, which will also attract the farmers towards the fish farming due to its high returns. Jammu and Kashmir produces about 600 MT or 71 percent of trout fish in India, the Lt. Governor was informed.
The Lt. Governor asked the officers to further enhance the fish production to make it a lucrative self employment option.