Republic Day was celebrated Saturday at all district and Tehsil headquarters in Kashmir Valley. The main function was held in Summer Capital at Bakshi Stadium, Minister for Rural Development Panchayats, Ali Mohammad Sagar was the chief guest on the occasion.
The Minister unfurled the National flag and inspected the parade. Later various contingents of J&K Police, JKAP, IRP, CRPF, BSF, ITBP, Women Police, State Disaster Response Force, Fire and Emergency Services, Forest Protection Force and children of various educational institutions took part in the march past.
Addressing the function, the Minister said that the State Government has succeeded in bringing peace, progress and prosperity in all the three regions of the State with the concerned efforts under the dynamic leadership of Omar Abdullah, adding that people are source of power for the welfare and empowerment of whom Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah worked throughout his life.
Reiterating Government’s resolve to provide employment to educated unemployed youth through SSRB and overseas Development Corporation, the Minister said 80,000 posts are vacant in various departments out of which around 10,000 posts have been sent to SSRB for filling up on fast track basis. He said Government has set up skill development institutions for imparting training to unskilled educated personnel so as to make them job oriented and provide employability to them.
Giving resume of various achievements of present Government, Sagar said that during last 4 years several Hydel projects were set up in the State to exploit the water resources making the State self sufficient in power generation.
“Similarly, various Tourism Development Authorities were set up to boost tourism for economic growth of the State,” Sagar said. He added that Millions of tourists visited during last couple of years, resulting in improving the socio-economic status of the people particularly those related to tourism sector.
Speaking about the upgradation of Srinagar Airport by earnest support of Central Government, the Minister expressed satisfaction over the functioning of Srinagar International Airport where 22 flights are arranged daily for ferrying passengers from different parts of the world.
Referring to the expansion programme of higher education in every nook and corner of the State, Sagar said that as many as 23 new colleges were set up in various areas of the State to provide higher education at the doorstep of the students. Similarly a network of schools was established to extend primary and secondary education to the students of remote areas of the State.