Patriotic fervor, festivity mark I-Day celebrations across Jammu division

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 16: Colourful functions with patriotic fervor and festivity marked the 72nd Independence Day celebrations across the Jammu province.
Jammu: In the main function was held at MA Stadium where Advisor to Governor, B B Vyas unfurled the National Flag and took salute on the march past by 30 contingents of various wings of including CRPF, SSB, IRP, J&K Armed Police, SDRF, FPF, NCC and other wings besides  students from various schools.
Speaking on the occasion, he rolled out multi-pronged operational plan being followed by the administration to further push the development tempo and to revive the self-governing institutions in the State. He also underlined the need for maintaining sustained peace and tranquility to realize the cherished goals of growth and development in the State.
Paying rich homage to the heroes of Indian freedom movement, he said the independence achieved by their sacrifices can only be protected by maintaining peace, tranquility and harmony in the country and the State.
He congratulated the Army, the para-military forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police for protecting the country and fighting anti-national elements especially in Jammu and Kashmir State. He said that these soldiers are working in extremely difficult situation and saluted them for making supreme sacrifices for maintaining peace and protecting our democracy.
On the occasion, the students of various educational institutions presented a variety of cultural items which enthralled the audience.
The CRPF bagged best march past for troops whereas J&K Armed Police declared as best band for troops. Sainik School Nagrota emerges as best band for school and NCC Cadets best march past for girls.
In cultural programme, Govt. SRML HSS topped whereas Govt. Girls HSS Mubarak Mandi and Govt. Girl HSS Canal Road bagged 2nd and 3rd spot respectively.
Meenal Gupta, the Commonwealth Silver Medal Winner in Under-16 Chess Championship 2018 was awarded with Sports Achievers Award and Anil Tickoo bagged the Achievers’ Award in Culture. Ankush Gupta and Mohammad Anwar were awarded with Achievers’ Award for Bravery.
MPs, Jugal Kishore Sharma and Shamsher Singh Manhas, Legislators, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, IGP, Deputy Commissioner Jammu,  besides senior officers of Police, Army and other central services were present on the occasion.
Samba: Deputy Commi-ssioner Sushma Chouhan unfurled the National Flag, took the salute at the march past of contingents of JK Police, Army Band, NCC and students drawn from Government and private institutions.
A variety cultural program featuring items on patriotic themes, folk dance and music filled the ambience with festivity.
In her address, the DC listed Government initiatives to empower the weaker and downtrodden section of the society.
Kathua: The main function was held at District Sports Stadium where District Development Commissioner, Rohit Khajuria hoisted the National Flag and took salute at the parade comprising 46 contingents of CRPF, District Police, Police Training School, N.C.C boys and Girls, Forest Protection Force and tiny platoons of Government and private schools.
The District Development Commissioner greeted the people and highlighted the sacrifices of the heroes of Indian freedom movement. He also listed developmental initiatives in Kathua.
Doda: The main function was held at Sports Stadium where Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh unfurled the Tricolour and inspected guard of honour.
He took salute at march past comprising contingents of J&K Police, IRP 5th Battalion, CRPF 76 Bn, Forest Protection Force, Home Guards and school children drawn from all schools from across the district.
The DC greeted the people and highlighted the importance of the day while paying rich tributes to the freedom fighters. He also listed upcoming developmental projects in the district.
A variety of programmes featuring diverse folk and culture of the Swas were presented by the school students which enthralled the audience.       Consolation prizes and commendation certificates were also given to the participants.
Kishtwar: The main function was held at Parade Ground Kishtwar where Deputy Commi-ssioner, Angrez Singh Rana unfurled the Tricolour and took salute at the march past comprising contingents of JKP, CRPF, CISF JKAP, FPF, NCC and students drawn from various schools of the district.
The DC greeted the people and highlighted the importance of the day.  He also highlighted the developmental initiatives in the district. A cultural programmes depicting folk dance and music was presented by the school children.
Later, consolation prizes, commendation certificates and mementoes were distributed among the participants and officers by the DDC.
Reasi: Deputy Commissioner, Prasanna Ramaswamy G unfurled the National Flag amidst a large cheering crowd in Reasi.
In his address, the DC gave a detailed account of achievements recor-ded in key sectors.
Post guard of honour, march-past was presented by the Jammu Kashmir Police, the Jammu Kashmir Armed Police and the Jammu Kashmir Home Guards. Contingents of NCC cadets and students from various schools and colleges also formed the part of march past.  Another highlight of the programme was arrival of   91 KM cycling expedition at the venue.
An outstanding part of the event was presentation of a miniature earth-mover made by one Darshan Singh of village Kenthi for which he was presented Rs 2000 as a token of appreciation by the DC.
Udhampur: The main function was held in the premises of PG College Boys where the District Development Commi-ssioner Udhampur, Kumar hoisted the National Flag and took salute at an impressive march past presented by 38 contingents of JKP, CRPF, Home Guard Volunteers, NCC, and students of various educational institutions.
Member Legislative Assembly Pawan Kumar Gupta, Director Sher-e- Kashmir Police Academy, Udhampur Sulaiman Salaria, Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohammad Ahmed Bhat, Additional District Development Commissioner, Arvind Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Krishan Lal, and other senior officers of District Administration, police, Air Force and CRPF, BSF and Army besides prominent citizens and people in large number also graced the occasion.
Complimenting the people on the auspicious day, the DDC recalled the services of freedom struggle heroes in attaining freedom.  He also rolled out the achievements registered under key sectors.
The students of various educational institutions presented a scintillating cultural and theme-based program which kept the audience spell bound.
Ramban: District Development Commissioner, Showkat Aijaz Bhat unfurled the National Flag at the main function.
MLA Ramban, Neelam Langeh, senior police and civil officers and a large number of people turned up at the venue to be part of the national event.
The DC greeted the enthusiastic audience including the locals, students, officers and Government employees on the occasion and also gave an account of developmental activities in the district.
A colourful cultural programme based on the patriotic songs, skits on inspirational social themes with a blend of gymnastics was presented by the   students.
Rajouri: The main function was held at District Police Lines where Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad unfurled the National Flag and took the salute of march past.
A total of 29 contingents of JKAP, JK Executive Police, JK Lady Police, CRPF, JK FPF, Home Guard and NCC besides this, contingents of Senior Group Students and Junior Group Students took part in the March Past. DySP (Hqr) Govind Rattan commanded the parade.
Present on the occasion were MLA Adv Qammar Hussain Choudhary, senior civil and police officers, civil society member, officers from Army and CRPF.
The Deputy Commissioner extended warm greetings to the people and paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters. He also distributed the prizes for developmental achievements.
Later, the students of Government and private institutions presented a cultural programme based on themes of patriotism, communal harmony, gender equality and women empowerment.
Poonch: Deputy Commis-sioner, Rahul Yadav unfurled the National Flag at the main function.
An impressive march past was presented by 28 contingents comprising JKAP, JKP, CRPF, Home Guards, Forest Protection Force, Fire & Emergency NCC Cadets and students of Government and private institutions, under the overall command of Dy SP Bisham Dubey.
Legislators, Dr Shanaz Ganai, Pradeep Sharma, Yashpal Sharma, senior civil, police Army, CRPF officers, district heads and a large number of people attended the function.
The Deputy Commissioner paid tributes to the leaders of freedom struggle and listed the milestones achieved by the country and Jammu and Kashmir in post-Independence era.