In connection with the celebration of 70th Republic-Day, functions were held across Kashmir Division on Saturday with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervour.


At Pulwama, Republic Day was celebrated at District Police Lines, with great fervor and enthusiasm. Deputy Commissioner, Ghulam Mohammad Dar unfurled the National flag and took salute at the march past. Contingents of JKP, JKAP, CRPF, Commandos, Homeguard and School children participated in the march past.

DC Pulwama felicitate the student during the function.

SSP Pulwama Chandan Kohli and other officers of Police and Civil administration were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner highlighted the importance of Republic Day and threw light on the various developmental activities and achievements in various sectors including Education, Agriculture, Horticulture and R&B in the district.

The DDC thanked people of the district for their cooperation and coordination  in various developmental achievements in the District

Various colourful and mesmerizing cultural programmes were presented by the artists of Information Department and Youth Services & Sports.

On the occasion, students belonging to various government institutions who passed class 10th and 12th examination with outstanding merit were also felicitated.


Republic Day celebrations were also held at Sub-Division Tral Awantipora  and Tehsil headquarters in the district.

Beating harsh weather the function witnessed  a huge gathering of people and school children.


At Kulgam, the main function was held at  District Police Lines, where  Deputy  Commissioner Kulgam Dr  Shamim Ahmad Wani hoisted the National Flag and took salute at the march past.


Contingents of CRPF, JKP, JKP ladies Police group, District Police band, Home Guards, NCC cadets and platoons of boys and girls from different government and private educational institutions participated in the march past.

Colorful culture programmes were also presented on the occasion by the students of various Government and private schools of the district.

During his speech, the DDC highlighted the developmental scenario of District Kulgam where several developmental projects are under execution and will be completed in fixed timeline he added.

Principal and Sessions Judge Kishore Kumar,  SSP Kulgam Harmeet Singh Mehta, ADDC, Khawaja Nazir Ahmad, commandant CRPF 18th battalion,  Henzang,  ADC, Ghulam Hassan Shiekh and other district and sectoral officers were present on the occasion.

Later, the award ceremony was held in which CRPF bagged the first position in March past and JKP second position.

Republic Day celebrations were also held at Sub Division D H Pora, and at all tehsil headquarters of district Kulgam.


At Budgam, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar took salute at march past and unfurled the national flag at the main function which was held at Sports Stadium Budgam. Contingents of JKP, JKAP, CRPF, Home Guards, NCC and school students participated in the march past parade.

Former Minister Javed Mustafa Mir, SP Budgam, Amod Ashok Nagpure, ADDC Budgam, Khurshid Ahmad Sanai, ADC Budgam Khurshid Ahmad Shah and senior officers of the district attended the function, besides large gathering of locals.


Speaking on the occasion, DC Budgam, while highlighting the importance of the Republic Day, said that the district administration is committed to the overall development of its people.

She said that the Government has sanctioned projects worth Rs 234 crores and shortly these works will be taken up. She said these projects include 19 bridges, 4 roads with cost of Rs 53 crores.

Further the DC called upon all citizens to coordinate with the administration and contribute in making the district more prosperous and progressive.

On the occasion, different cultural programmes were also presented by school students who mesmerised the audience with their scintillating performances.

On the occasion, awards were given to various employees for their meritorious services.

Meanwhile, the day was also celebrated with nationalist fervour at Subdivision and Tehsil levels of the district.


At Bandipora, the main function was held at SK Stadium Bandipora where Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of JK Police, JKAP, BSF, CRPF, NCC Cadets and students of various schools.


Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the DC highlighted the importance of the Day and also presented a detailed report on the developmental front.

He said the recent Municipal and Panchayat elections were a major step towards strengthening the democracy at grass root level that will open a new chapter of development in the state.

While presenting the performance of the district administration during the  current financial year so far, Dr Choudhary said 2018-19 will be remembered as a golden period of the district with major projects  seeing the light of the day.

He said One Stop Centre (OSC)- providing an array of services, from skill development to psychological assistance to violence affected women under one roof is all set to start functioning in Bandipora district from next month and various posts have been advertised for contractual appointment of the staff for the OSC.

SSP Bandipora Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, ADC Bandipora Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Assistant Commissioner Revenue Reyaz Ahmad Beigh, officers from civil administration, police, army, besides senior citizens were present on the occasion.

Later the Deputy Commissioner felicitated the meritorious students of class 10th and 12th besides several officers for their exceptional performance during the year.

Similar functions were also held at Sub-District Level at  Sumbal and Gurez besides at Tehsil Headquarters.


At Anantnag, the main function was held at Government Degree College (Boys) Khanabal, where the Chief Guest Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik unfurled the tricolour and took salute at the Parade.

Contingents of 40th Bn CRPF, 11th Bn JKAP, JKP (District Police) DPL Anantnag, District Ladies Police, J&K Home Guards, District Police Band (DPL), NCC cadets, school children from various Govt. and private educational institutions and District Police Band participated in the March Past Parade.

Students perform cultural programme in traditional dress during the occasion. KL Image by Shah Hilal

Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner, said that Indian constitution has guaranteed rights to its citizens like right to religion, education and right to democracy. He paid homage to the founder of the Indian Constitution Dr B.R. Ambedkar and said that besides having various cultures, languages and religions every citizen enjoys his/her fundamental rights.

The DC on the occasion congratulated the people of the district, Police and other security forces for maintaining peace and normalcy in the district to enable district administration to conduct free fair and transparent ULB and Panchayat elections.

The DC, Anantnag further highlighted the role of various departments taking the district to new heights of the development. He said that under Annual District Plan 2018-19,  Rs 199.5 crore were sanctioned and earmarked for various sectors.

Cultural variety programmes were presented by Information Department, Youth Services & Sports Department, students of Government Schools, Pvt. Schools & CRPF 40th Bn.

The best performers in March Past, cultural programmes, dance and drama were awarded with trophies, and consolation prizes.

The function was attended by all district and sectoral officers and employees of all departments and the general public.


At Ganderbal, District Development Commissioner Ganderbal, Dr Piyush Singla unfurled the National Flag at Madre Meharban Stadium here today.

The DDC took the salute at the march-past, presented by the contingents of JKP, JKAP, IRP, CRPF, PTS Manigam, Home Guards, besides, school children from various educational institutions presented scintillating and colourful cultural items including traditional folk and patriotic songs.

In his address, DDC lauded the importance of Republic Day celebration and highlighted the various developmental achievements registered by district administration including education, sports, Public Works and health sector.

The DDC said district Ganderbal has done remarkable work in the implementation of schemes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, skill development program for girls, Ayushman Bharat and Swatch Bharat Mission with respect to other districts of the state.

The function concluded with distribution of prizes among the parade contingents and students who secured the first, second and third position in their parade and cultural performances. Besides media persons were felicitated for their services.

Trophies and cash prizes were also distributed among students who showed remarkable performances in recently declared 10th/12th results by JKBOSE.

The event was witnessed by Principal District and Sessions Judge, Ganderbal, Mohammad Yousuf Wani, ADDC, Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, SSP, Ganderbal Khalil Ahmad Poswal, ACD Ganderbal, Naseer Ahmad Wani, ACR, Ganderbal, CEO, Ganderbal, various other civil, police officers, heads of educational institutions, officials from the district administration, newly elected Sarpanchs, councilors, Panchs, besides a large number of locals also turned up to the venue to witness the march past parade.


At Baramulla, a grand function was organized at District Police Lines here with District Development Commissioner, Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash as the Chief Guest.

GOC 19 Infantry Division Major General Gulaab Singh Rawat, DIG North, Kashmir Atul Goyal, DIG CRPF, SSP Baramulla, ADC Baramulla, ACR, President Municipal Council Baramulla, officers from Civil, Police and Army besides a huge gathering of people were present on the occasion.


The DDC hoisted the tricolor, inspected the Parade and took the salute at the March Past presented by the contingents of District Police, CRPF, Fire and Emergency Service and School children.

Highlighting the importance of Republic Day, the DDC emphasised on the various aspects of the rapid development of the Nation. He enlisted various developmental projects being undertaken in different sectors viz education, health, rural development etc and said that the district has recorded splendid development in these sectors.

The DDC also complimented the services rendered by the officers of district administration and emphasised upon them to work with more enthusiasm in placing district Baramulla at the top slot.

Various cultural programmes depicting the cultural diversity and heritage of the state were presented by the groups of school children and Information Department. Skits based on the theme of “National Integration” were presented by the school children.

A Prize distribution ceremony was held, wherein awards were presented to the schools for their best performance in March Pasts and Cultural presentation. Officers were also given awards for their excellent works in different fields.

Meanwhile, functions in connection with the Republic day celebration were held across the district at Sub-Divisional and Tehsil levels.


At Kupwara, the main function was held at District Police Lines Kupwara, where  District Development Commissioner, Khalid Jahangir hoisted the tricolor, inspected the Parade and took salute on the March Past presented by the contingents of District Police, CRPF, Fire and Emergency Service and School children.


Highlighting the importance of Republic Day, DDC emphasized on promoting national integration, communal harmony and peace. He also highlighted that District has shown tremendous growth in various sectors viz Education, Health, Horticulture, rural development etc and various schemes have been successfully implemented in the district. He  said that Baramulla- Kupwara- Chowkibal – Chamkote

The road has been approved for widening. Moreover, he said that the tunnel at Sadna will reduce the distance and travelling time between Kupwara and Srinagar drastically.

Various cultural programmes depicting the cultural diversity and heritage of the state were presented by a group of school children and Information Department. Skits based on the theme of “National Integration” were presented by the school children.

A Prize distribution ceremony was held, wherein awards were presented to the Schools for their best performance in March Pasts and Cultural programme presentation.

Republic Day celebrations were also held across the district at Sub-Divisional and Tehsil levels. In Handwara Additional Deputy Commissioner hoisted the tricolor, inspected the Parade and took the salute at the March Past presented by the contingents of District Police, CRPF,  and School children. Various cultural programmes depicting the cultural diversity and heritage of the state were presented by groups of school children.


At Kargil, the 70th Republic Day was celebrated with immense patriotic zeal and gaiety. Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmed Khan hoisted the national tricolor at Khree Sultan Chow Sports Stadium and took salute at march past by the contingents of Jammu and Kashmir Police, NCC, Army and civil band besides a number of contingents of government and private educational institutions.

Executive Councillor for Rural Development, Aga Syed Mujtaba, Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil Vikas Kundal, Superintendent of Police Dr Vinod Kumar, Councillors, district officers besides the representatives of various political, social and religious organisations were also present on the occasion.

Khan while congratulating the peo­ple 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 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.


At Shopian,  70th Republic Day was celebrated across district with great vehemence and national spirit. Celebrations were held at district headquarters, Sub-Division, Zainpora and at all tehsil headquarters. The main function was held at District Police Lines where chief guest, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Owais Ahmad hoisted tricolour and took salute of the March past.


Contingents of JKAP, JK Executive Police, JK FPF, Home Guards and Fire & Emergency besides the contingents of students from government schools took part in the March past.

Present on the occasion were Additional District Development Commissioner Mohammad Salim Malik, ADC Shabir Bhat, SSP Sandeep Choudhary, Addl. SP Arif Shah, ACR Majid Jahangir, senior Officers of Army and CRPF and district officers of all the departments.

In his Speech, Dr Owais extended warm wishes to the public of Shopian and also paid rich tributes to the makers of the constitution which lays the foundation of worlds largest democracy.

Dr Owais while hailing the annual turnover of Rs. 1000 Cr in the horticulture sector in the district said that more schemes and opportunities will be given to the orchardists for the development of horticulture sector. He said more than 90 per cent of people in district are directly dependent on horticulture sector and government is committed to nourish this sector with more facilities and schemes to the orchardists.

He further said that the Government is fully committed towards all round development of the district and several important initiatives and projects are under way for the development of district.

Dr Owais congratulated the public on getting fulfilled their years old demand of upgradation of Sub-District Hospital to District Hospital at Shopian. He said the district hospital, sub-district hospitals and NTPHCs are being provided adequate staff and equipments so as to provide better health care services to the public.

Dr Owais said that a transparent, responsive, accountable and efficient administration is ensured in the district and persistent efforts are made to reach out to the public at their door steps for listening of their grievances and delivery of services.

On the occasion troupes of school going students presented cultural programmes based on theme of patriotism, cultural and linguistic diversity of the district and rich tributes to the founders of constitution. Students of SQAY Federation showcased their talent marshal arts to promote self-defence spirit to the viewers especially girls.

The Deputy Commissioner felicitated outstanding youth in the field of education and sports. He also felicitated officers and officials of different departments for their outstanding performance, especially during the winter.


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