The Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Dr Haseeb A Drabu on Sunday unveiled the J&K Bank Calendar – 2018 themed “Half-Hidden Heaven” in presence of the bank’s Chairman and CEO Parvez at the Zonal Office, Jammu central.
The spokesman said he also unveiled the Bank’s diary 2018. The calendar is a tribute to the natural beauty of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which still remains hidden from the common eye. This is the first wall calendar in the history of the bank for which the premier financial institution invited professionals to submit their entries and then an expert penal choose the best 12 pictures. Most of the clicks were bagged by a foreign travel photographer.
Executive Presidents, S. S. Sehgal & Vagish Chander, were also present on the dice. Besides, Senior President, Presidents, Vice-Presidents and other bank officials were present at the unveiling ceremony.
On the occasion, Dr Drabu also presented cheques and mementoes to the photographers whose pictures were selected for the calendar-2018 after following a due process culminating solely in the jury’s decision.
The eight photographers Masood Bhat, Sajad Arif, Faheem Qadri, Mukhtar Ahmad, Adil Shah, Satish Sharma, Endee Rampal and Robert Huber were given the cheques worth Rs 21000 for each picture. Masood Hussain, Suman Gupta and Ashok Dilwali – professional experts in the field – were the judges in the selection process.
The spokesman quoted the Finance Minister saying “In terms of generating hype and intensifying the people’s anticipation for it, J&K Bank Calendar emerges the winner every time. The theme is worthy and the treatment is equally good. I would like the corporate communication department of the bank to trace the historical perspective of the Bank’s Wall Calendar since its inception so that masses come to know its legacy.”
Notably, It was Dr Drabu as chairman and CEO of the bank who transformed the presentation of the Wall Calendar by making it socially relevant. He turned it into a social intervention tool and promoted state’s arts and crafts, heritage etc.