The Republic day was celebrated across the Kashmir Valley with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Rohit Kansal as the chief guest at Bakshi Stadium Srinagar. Kansal unfurled the tricolour, inspected guard of honour and took salute of the march past, in which contingents of BSF, CRPF, ITBP, J&K Armed Police, IRP, Women’s Police Force, District Police, NCC, Fire & Emergency Services, students of various educational institutions participated.
On the occasion, artists of Information Department, Cultural Academy, Youth Services and Sports and students of various schools presented a scintillating cultural bonanza.
Speaking about the measures being undertaken for the flood affected people of the Valley, Kansal said an amount of Rs 200 crores was distributed among the flood affected people as relief besides 600 shelter sheds were constructed by the PWD and NGOs in the Valley. He also informed that as many as 500 bridges, about 1000 Kilometres of road length have been repaired and restored in the flood affected areas in the Valley.
In the districts respective Deputy Comissioners presided over the Republic day functions. It was Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone in in Baramulla, Tasaduq Jelani in Islamabad, Nissar Hussain Wani in Kulgam, Manzoor Ahmad Lone in Budgam, Sajad Ahmad Khan in Pulwama, Dr Shah Faisal in Bandipore, Itrat Hussain Rafique in Kupwara, and Sarmad Hafiz in Ganderbal. In Ladakh the chief executives of the respective autonomous councils – Asgar Karblie in Kargil and Rigzin Spalbar in Leh who unfurled the tricolour.