Schools, colleges, bridges to be named after great heroes, sons of soil: LG

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha during an event in Ganderbal on Saturday.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha during an event in Ganderbal on Saturday.

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Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar July 2: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today said that the Schools, colleges, bridges and other buildings will be named after the “great heroes and sons of the soil”, who laid their lives for the protection of the country’s integrity, peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking on the occasion of the 32nd death anniversary of Sheikh Abdul Jabbar at Lar, Ganderbal, the LG said: “We can’t forget the contribution of brave hearts, who sacrificed their lives for the integrity of the country and those who kept the national flag high in J&K. Schools, Colleges, Universities, Hospitals and even bridges will be named after these great heroes as they deserve it.”
Sinha said that in Ganderbal district, important buildings will be named after Sheikh Abdul Jabbar who was killed by militants 32 years ago for his commitment towards the country’s sovereignty, peace and prosperity in J&K. “He was a great son of soil whose patriotism can never be forgotten,” the LG said.
“Great men like Sheikh Abdul Jabbar never die, rather they continue to live in many ways. Ishfaq Jabbar is following into the footsteps of his great father and keeping his legacy of commitment towards country’s sovereignty, peace and prosperity in J&K, alive,” the LG said. He said Ishfaq’s wife who is also DDC member, is also working to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system by ensuring round the clock development of Ganderbal district.
He said recently, militants resorted to mindless killings of minority community members to provoke security forces so that they commit a mistake that could trigger public anger and unrest. “Let me tell you that security forces won’t commit any mistake that would harm the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in Kashmir. We will continue to eradicate menace of militancy. Innocents won’t be touched but militants and their supporters won’t be spared,” the LG said.
He said that his Government is committed to end corruption by ensuring minimum human interference. “Everything is being conducted online and that’s the best way to end nepotism and corruption,” the LG said, adding that e-governance is flourishing and J&K is getting involved in e-governance mode.
The LG said that one lakh crore worth highway and tunnel projects are underway in J&K. “In the past one year, more than Rs 52000 Cr investments have been received. Rs 4500 crore worth investment is coming with regard to private hospitals etc,” he said, adding that in next one year, Rs 70,000 crore investment proposals will be received that will generate 5 to 6 lakh job opportunities.
Sinha highlighted the Government’s endeavours to bring transparency, accountability and efficiency in the governance system, besides reforms and policy decisions to accelerate unprecedented growth in sectors like Industries, education, healthcare, power, connectivity, infrastructure, sports , social security, self employment etc.
“Public welfare reforms introduced by the government in the last two years are paying the dividend and people at the last ladder of development are receiving the benefits,” he added.
“Our objectives are clear- Social justice, equitable development and prosperity of all citizens. Welfare of our Tribals, workers, youth, women and farmers is evident in the various schemes launched by the Government. I expect every section of society, especially youth to contribute to the economic progress of J&K,”  he said.
“Earlier, there was only one industrial estate in Ganderbal. Last year the administration had approved four new Industrial Estates and I am sure that at least 350 industrial units will be set up generating large employment opportunities for the local youth, the Lt Governor said.
He emphasized the need to make a collaborative effort for improving the literacy rate of girls, ensuring 100% saturation of Ayushman Golden Card in the district, besides instructing the district administration to explore the possibilities of implementing various aspects of Sheikh Abdul Jabbar’s development draft.
Former Legislator, Ishfaq Jabbar, son of Sheikh Abdul Jabbar, threw light on the life and the public welfare works done by his late father. “We will continue to follow the path laid down by Late Sheikh Abdul Jabbar and work for the betterment, welfare and integrity of J&K, he added.
Nuzhat Ishfaq, DDC Chairperson Ganderbal, also spoke on the occasion.
Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Shyambir, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal; PRI members, besides senior officers and prominent citizens from all walks of life were present on the occasion.