Republic Day celebrated with patriotic fervor in Leh, Kargil

Lt Governor R K Mathur saluting National Flag at Leh.
Lt Governor R K Mathur saluting National Flag at Leh.

LG, CEC unfurl National Flag at district level functions

Excelsior Correspondent
LEH/KARGIL, Jan 27: The Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic fervor and gaiety across the Union Territory of Ladakh.
In Leh, the main function was held at Polo Ground where Lieutenant Governor Radha Krishna Mathur unfurled the National Flag and inspected the parade in the presence of Chairman/Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC Leh Gyal Phuntsog Wangyal, Executive Councillors, families of martyrs, religious heads, defence and administrative officers, awardees, Councillors and other distinguished guests.
On the occasion, colourful cultural pageantry based on national integration and the glorious composite heritage of the region was presented by students from various local schools and Government departments. Army weapons and equipment display and aerial salute by flying Cheetah helicopter was witnessed by thousands of spectators.
Earlier, Lt Governor paid his tributes to the martyrs by laying the wreath at Hall of Fame. GOC 14 Corps Lt Gen Harinder Singh and other Army officers were present.
Speaking at Polo Ground, Lt Governor expressed gratitude to Prime Minister on behalf of the people for making the long-standing demand a reality. Highlighting the successful efforts of both the Hill Councils, he stated that their efforts have shown results that have earned appreciation from the rest of the country.
Appreciating the armed forces in the security and the development of Ladakh, he expressed gratitude on behalf of the people of the land for defending the borders and for providing assistance to the local citizens. “The recent incident of saving precious lives of stranded tourists of Chadar trek was possible because of the daring rescue operation carried out by the brave men and women of the army and the air force”, he added.
He emphasized nurturing the youth of Ladakh by way of education, sports, employment and preparing them for self-employment and entrepreneurship. He also talked about efforts for an early function of sanctioned Medical College and the National Institute of Sowa Rigpa.
He also talked about efforts being made by the UT Administration in the fields of Handicraft, Handloom, Food Processing, Pashmina & Yak wool, aromatic & medicinal plants, handicrafts and tourism etc. “This is the crucial time to ensure the cultural treasure and ecology of Ladakh is not compromised in the name of modernization”, he said.
At Kargil, Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmed Khan hoisted the National Tricolor at Khree Sultan Chow Sports Stadium and took salute at an impressive march past by the contingents of Police, NCC, Police band party besides a number of contingents of government and private educational institutions.
Speaking on the occasion, Khan recalled the contributions of the makers of the Constitution and supreme sacrifices of the national heroes who laid down their lives for the country. He also hailed the services of the Army, paramilitary forces and police in guarding the frontiers of the country in harsh weather conditions and for maintaining peace, order and internal security in the country.
While highlighting the achievements, developmental activities underway and future plans of the present Council in Kargil district, the CEC said that the Council is fully committed towards the overall development of the district in all sectors and several important initiatives are presently underway in this regard.
The CEC said that developmental works are going on in full swing in sectors like Public Works, Agriculture, Tourism and Rural Development while as concrete measures are being taken to augment other sectors.
Meanwhile, colorful cultural programmes were presented by the artists of Cultural Academy and students of various Government and private educational institutions.
Later, the CEC and other dignitaries distributed mementoes and certificates among the employees of various departments, meritorious students, members of NGOs, volunteers and individuals for their extraordinary performances and noteworthy contributions for public welfare. Prizes were also distributed among the participants in the March Past and cultural programmes.