SRINAGAR: In a departure from the norm, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha dedicated the 29th edition of his Awaam Ki Awaaz programme to the often-overlooked unsung heroes and the dynamic youth of Jammu and Kashmir, a statement issued by the DIPR said.

Addressing the significance of youth, Sinha described it as a phase of determination, dreams, and dedication. He emphasised that the youth hold the power to transform society, noting that the region is currently witnessing the creative vigour of its younger generation, who are committed to crafting a brighter future and actively participating in building a peaceful and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir.

Commending the vibrant participation of the people in Independence Day events, Lt Governor Sinha lauded the unity, brotherhood, and dedication exhibited across the entire Jammu and Kashmir during the celebrations. He underscored that this collective commitment to contributing to the journey of a developed India reflects the spirit of Viksit Bharat and resonates with the call for faster and more inclusive economic development.

The Lt Governor paid tribute to the notable figures from Jammu and Kashmir who have made significant contributions to societal development. He highlighted the ongoing Meri Maati Mera Desh campaign, which is dedicated to honouring the stories of valour and selflessness of the unsung heroes. These stories, he asserted, serve to reignite patriotism and bridge gaps in the community.

Highlighting the unprecedented progress across various sectors and the empowerment of different sections of society, the Lt Governor expressed pride in these achievements that benefit all citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.

On this year’s Independence Day, Sinha emphasised the commitment to generating new opportunities for the youth and promoting the empowerment of women. He revealed that the government is formulating a robust, long-term strategy to realise this vision and urged collective participation to bring this dream to fruition.

In the course of this month’s episode, Lt Governor Sinha shared inspiring success stories of women entrepreneurs who serve as role models for others. He applauded Asiya Jan from Pulwama for her extraordinary accomplishments in beekeeping, and Heena Lateef from Ramban for her remarkable journey in women entrepreneurship through her food processing unit.

The Lt Governor specially recognised Tabinda and Nazia Kausar of Doda for utilising the opportunities presented by the Tejaswini scheme of Mission Youth to become entrepreneurs and employers. He also appreciated Mumtaza Begum of Bandipora for her significant contributions in sheep farming, Lalita Devi of Basantgarh, and a self-help group of 50 women who are embarking confidently on the path of economic empowerment.

Lt Governor Sinha reminisced about his meeting with Asha Malviya, a determined female cyclist from Madhya Pradesh who embarked on a ten-month cycle tour of India. He acknowledged the achievements of progressive farmers like Abdul Ghani Sheikh and Pritam Singh from Jammu and Kashmir.

Touching upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for the promotion of millets as a nutritious food option, the Lt Governor highlighted the pioneering efforts of Abdul Ghani Sheikh in millet cultivation and Pritam Singh in innovative integration of agriculture, horticulture, and dairy.

Incorporating valuable suggestions from various citizens regarding welfare measures for marginalized sections, PMAY-G implementation, opportunities for engineering graduates, and cultural enrichment, the Lt Governor affirmed the government’s commitment to addressing these concerns through appropriate actions.

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