R-Day celebrated with patriotic fervor, enthusiasm across Jammu region

Governor, N N Vohra taking salute during Republic Day Parade at M A Stadium, Jammu on Friday.
Governor, N N Vohra taking salute during Republic Day Parade at M A Stadium, Jammu on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 27: The 69th Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic fervor and enthusiasm across Jammu region. The State level function was held at MA Stadium where Governor unfurled the National Flag while as Ministers participated in the main functions held at headquarters of the districts.
The State level function at MA Stadium was attended by 25,000 to 30,000 persons. The Governor N N Vohra inspected the parade and took the salute at an impressive march past which was commanded by Col Sriram S of 1st Battalion J&K Light Infantry.
The smart contingents participating in the parade were from the Army, Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, men and women contingents of the JKAP, J&K Police, State Disaster Response Force,  Haryana Police, J&K Fire and Emergency Services, J&K Forest Protection Force, Excise Department, SSB 66 Battalion, ex-Servicemen, NCC Boys and Girls, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Boys and Girls from various  schools, Bands of Army, BSF, J&K Police, Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police and of  several Boys and Girls Schools.
A colourful cultural pageantry based on national integration and the glorious composite heritage of the State was presented by students from various local schools on this occasion. Army weapons and equipment display by Army, demonstration of Martial Arts by skilled men and women and Motorcycle Acrobatics display by Dare-Devils of J&K Police was witnessed by jam-packed audience in the Stadium.
Usha Vohra, First Lady; Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister; Kavinder Gupta, Speaker Legislative Assembly; Haji Anayat Ali, Chairman, Legislative Council; Nazir Ahmad Khan Gurezi, Deputy Speaker, Legislative Assembly; Dr. Haseeb A Drabu, Minister for Finance; Abdul Ghani Kohli, Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry; Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, Minister for Tourism; Legislators and Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, Chief Justice of J&K High Court and Judges of the State High Court, senior civil, police and Army officers, political and social activists, prominent citizens, media persons and the citizenry were present on the occasion.
UDHAMPUR: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh  unfurled the National Flag and took salute at an impressive march past in the premises of Government PG College (Boys).Over 37 contingents drawn from CRPF, SKPA, Home Guards, District Police, NCC, Flag troops, Civil Scots of different educational Institutions besides Police Band took part in the national function.
Speaking on the occasion, DyCM commemorated the sacrifices of freedom fighters including Sardar Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, Chander Shekhar, Madan Lal Dingra, Ashfaq-Ullah- Khan etc who laid down their lives for the nation. He said, “it is the duty of every citizen especially the youth to make Jammu and Kashmir proud by maintaining peace and upholding the unity in diversity”, adding “Jammu and Kashmir is a microcosm of India’s unity in diversity and known for its glorious traditions of amity and tolerance”.
Deputy Chief Minister also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Baba Sahab Ambedkar, for giving people of India a great constitution which guarantees civil liberties, fundamental rights and equal opportunities for all to progress.
The celebration was attended by MLA, Udhampur,  Pawan Kumar Gupta, MLA Chenani, Dina Nath Bhagat, MLA, Ramnagar R.S Pathania Director  SKPA, M.S Salari   District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar, SSP Udhampur, Rayees Bhat ADDC,Arvind Sharma ADC Krishan Lal, and other Officers of various departments besides HODs  and senior officers civil, police, Air Force, CRPF and  BSF.
School children presented a scintillating cultural programme featuring folk, dance and music and patriotic songs which were highly applauded by the audience.
KATHUA: Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh unfurled the National Flag at Sports Stadium and took salute at march past. Speaking on the occasion, Lal Singh said, “India is the biggest democracy of the world and brotherhood, communal harmony and tolerance are its key attributes. The past generations have maintained the ethos and democratic values and now it’s our responsibility to carry forward this  legacy”, adding “India is emerging power having fast growing economy which is also making its mark in space and other fields of science”.
He said Jammu & Kashmir is on the path of development and people of the State have witnessed lot of sufferings in the past besides the present border situation is increasing the woes of border dwellers but the Government is committed to mitigate their sufferings and every possible help will be provided to them during adverse conditions.
Lal Singh said that the present dispensation is giving focused attention towards Health, Education, PHE & Power sector to foster the development pace. He also highlighted the efforts initiated by the Forest Department to rejuvenate the natural water bodies besides conserving the wetlands and preserving the heritage of Jasrota.
Among others Legislators Rajeev Jasrotia, Jeevan Lal, Deputy Commissioner Kathua Rohit Khajuria, SSP Kathua Suleman Choudhary, Additional Deputy Commissioner Kathua Rishpal Singh, District Officers, officers of various department, prominent citizens and large number of people and students were present on the occasion.
KISHTWAR: Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat unfurled the Tricolor and took salute at the march past presented by contingents drawn from JKP, CRPF, JKAP, FPF, NCC and large number of students at parade ground here.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the importance of the day saying that it reminds us of the supreme sacrifices and vision of great legends like Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar lal Nehru etc. He also paid tribute to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, father of Indian constitution, and said India is one of the largest democracies in the world where despite of varied cultures and traditions people live in complete harmony and brotherhood and enjoy equal constitutional rights.
The Minister, while elaborating the initiatives of present Government in the State, said that unemployment and backwardness is the biggest challenge faced by the State but under the leadership of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti efforts are being made to take the State towards new highs of peace, progress and prosperity.
He also distributed consolation prizes, commendation certificates and mementoes among the participants and best performing officers. Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana, SSP Kishtwar Abrar Chowdhary, ADC Kishori Lal Sharma besides other officers and prominent citizens were present on the occasion.
RAJOURI: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali unfurled the Tricolor at District Police Lines. He also took salute at the march past by the contingents of JKAP, JK Executive Police, CRPF, JK Lady Police, JK FPF, Home Guard and NCC and students of various Government and private schools.
The Minister, while paying rich tributes to the makers of the Constitution, said that its architects were men of high intellect as they framed the longest   written document with highest principles of democracy, socialism, secularism and national integration. He expressed the hope that such celebrations would further cement the bonds of love and amity among all segments of the society and promote national integration.
Zulfkar, while spelling out the achievements of present dispensation, said that with the constant support and guidance of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Government is marching fast towards growth and development in every sphere. “The emphasis is being accorded on promoting the interests of socially and economically weaker sections, women, poor and down-trodden,” he added.
The Minister lauded the enthusiasm and whole hearted participation of the people in the national celebration saying that unity, integrity, communal harmony and peace among the people of different regions and religions is indispensible for socio-economic development of the district.
A colorful cultural programme depicting the rich cultural heritage of State was presented by the school children on the occasion which mesmerized the audience. Later, Zulfkar distributed tabs worth Rs 6 lakh among 36 meritorious students of Darhal constituency besides giving away consolation prizes, commendation certificates and mementoes to the participants and officers.
Also present on the occasion were MLA Advocate Qamar Chowdhary, MLC  Vibodh Gupta, Ex-MP Chowdhary Talib Hussain, DDC Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, senior officers of Civil and Police Administration, Army and CRP, district officers.
RAMBAN: Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary unfurled the National Flag at District Police Lines and took salute at the march past by the participating contingents.
Member Legislative Assembly, Neelam Kumar Langeh, District Development Commissioner, Tariq Hussain Ganai, DIG, DKR Range, Basant Rath, SSP, Commandant CRPF 84 besides other officers, prominent citizens, students and locals were present on the occasion.
The Minister greeted the people and paid glowing tributes to the soldiers and police personnel martyred while guarding the national borders and fighting the militants.
The event also witnessed a scintillating cultural programmes featuring informative, patriotic and traditional themes, folk songs, skits on Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and Scouts & Guides movement etc. The Minister gave away prizes to the best performers of the cultural programme, besides outstanding students, social activists and employees in recognition to their exemplary services.
The contingents of J&K Police, Indian Reserve Police, J& K Home Guards, CRPF, Forest Protection Force, Army Band of Maratha Light Infantry 101 and various Government and private schools participated in the march past.
REASI: Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs, Chering Dorjay  unfurled the National Flag and took salute at the march past by the contingents of IRP, J&K Police, NCC and various educational institutions.
The Minister, while extending greetings to the people on the occasion, recalled the contribution of eminent scholars and writers in framing Indian constitution. He also presented a brief account of the main development activities in the district besides throwing light on ongoing projects.
On the occasion, the students presented a colourful cultural programme featuring folk dance, music, awareness skits and patriotic songs. The Minister distributed prizes among the participants of parade and cultural programme and felicitated meritorious students and officials for their distinguished services in their respective fields.
Others present were Minister of State for Finance and Planning Ajay Nanda, DDC Prasanna Ramaswamy G, ADDC Ramesh Chander, SSP Tahir Bhat  and many other officers and officials from civil administration, Army, Police and para military forces.
SAMBA: Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash unfurled the Tricolour at Arazi Stadium and took salute at the march past comprising contingents of JK Police, Home Guard and students of various schools.
Vice Chairman, J&K State Advisory Board for Welfare & Development of OBCs, Rashpaul Verma, MLA Samba Dr Devinder Kumar Manyal,  DC Sheetal Nanda, SSP Samba Anil Magotra, ADC Tilak Raj Sharma and large number of citizens, officers of civil and police administration also attended the function. The school children presented colorful cultural and musical programmes on the occasion which were appreciated by the audience.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister urged people to take pledge to maintain peace, harmony and brotherhood. He paid rich tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for unity and integrity of the nation. Paying tributes to its framers, he urged the people to follow the Constitution which defines democratic principles, establishes its institutions, sets procedures, powers and duties of Government.
He said that India is bringing technological revolution across globe and saluted Scientists, engineers and Entrepreneurs for their exceptional contribution. He stated that with globalization, continuous efforts are being made by the government to improve quality parameters across Industrial and Skill Development sectors. He informed that work for Rs 100 cr technological centre shall begin soon at Samba.
Earlier, DC briefly informed about the initiatives being taken for development of the district.
POONCH: Minister of State for Transport and Public Works, Sunil Sharma unfurled the National Flag and took salute at  march past comprising of 26 contingents of JK police J&K police JKAP police Home guard, CRPF,NCC cadets, and  students.
MLA Shah Mohammad Tantray, MLC Yaspal Sharma MLC  Pardeep Sharma, MLC Dr. Shehnaz  Ganai, DDC Tariq Ahmad Zargar, SSP Rajiv Panday, ADDC Abdul  Hamied, ADC Dr. Bashrat Hussain, Brigade commander AS Pandharker , EX. legislator  Jahangir Hussain Mir, officers of district administration  and police, prominent citizens, lawyers besides large number of people were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister gave historical background of Indian freedom movement and paid tributes to freedom fighters and said that the constitution of India is secular and inclusive in character aiming at maintaining communal harmony and unity is diversity of the nation. He lauded the role of security forces and J&K Police who, he said, are making supreme sacrifices to maintain peace and uphold the sovereignty and integrity of the country.
A cultural programme was also presented by the school children depicting unity in diversity of our country.
DODA: Minster of State for Forest, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Zahoor Ahmed Mir unfurled the Tricolor and inspected guard of honour and took salute at the March past presented by contingents of J&K police, IR 5th Batallion, CRPF 76 Bn, Forest Protection Force, Home guards and school children.
MLA Doda Shakti Raj Parihar, MLA Batmaloo Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Former Minister Abdul Majeed Wani, DDC Doda Bhawani Rakwal, SSP Doda Mohd Shabir Khatana besides other senior officers and prominent citizens were present on the occasion.
In his address, Mir Zahoor appealed the public to follow the footsteps of eminent personalities and visionaries of the nation. He said that the Coalition Govt under the leadership of CM Mehbooba Mufti is taking every possible step to provide better facilities to the people at their doorsteps and a number of initiatives have been taken up to create infrastructure and bring rural districts at par with rest of the State.
Later a scintillating cultural programme was presented by the students from various Govt and private schools of the district.