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Independence Day celebrated in Jammu division with patriotic fervor

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JAMMU, AUGUST 15: Colourful functions with patriotic fervor and festivity marked the 72nd Independence Day celebrations across Jammu province.

At Samba:

Deputy Commissioner Samba, Sushma Chouhan unfurled the National Flag, took the salute at the march past of contingents of JK Police, Army Band, NCC and students drawn from government and private institutions.

A variety cultural program featuring items on patriotic themes, folk dance and music filled the ambience with festivity.

In her address, the DC listed government initiatives to empower the weaker and downtrodden section of the society. She referred to Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Digital India, Skill India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and many other programmes and called upon the people to avail the benefits to improve their lives.

Highlighting the importance of skill development, the DC said district administration has laid special focus on encouraging youth especially women to avail the benefits of state and centrally sponsored self- employment schemes.

Listing steps taken to ameliorate the condition of border residents, she said the district administration has initiated the construction of 2500 individual bunkers, 8 community bunkers and 4 Seema Bhawans where 4000 people can take shelter during cross-border firing.

Making special mention of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the DC said that 98% households have been provided with the toilet facilities and soon the district will be declared as ODF.

The DC also listed achievements under MGNREGA and said a budget of Rs 10 crore has been allotted for this current financial year.    She appealed to the youth to participate in the zonal and inter-zonal sports competitions which will be soon started in the district under Khelo India Scheme.


The main Independence Day function was held at District Sports Stadium where District Development Commissioner, Rohit Khajuria hoisted the National flag and took salute at the parade comprising 46 contingents of CRPF, District Police, Police Training School, N.C.C boys and Girls, Forest Protection Force and tiny platoons of Government and Private schools.

The District Development Commissioner greeted the people and highlighted the sacrifices of the heroes of Indian freedom movement.

The DDC while listing developmental initiatives in Kathua, said that several mega development projects have been initiated in the District. He said the district has bagged North India`s first Bio-Technology park and Seed processing, while Medical and Engineering colleges besides University campus has made an education hub.

Referring to road connectivity projects, he said Juthana and Keerian-Gandyal bridge, when completed will connect a vast area lacking road. He said Ujh multipurpose project is bound to benefit the farmers in rainfed areas and mitigate the shortage of potable water in water-stressed areas.

He also listed the measures like construction of Border Bhawan and bunkers to mitigate the hardships of border dwellers.

A Colorful cultural programme and mass Drill by the students left the audience spellbound.

Functions to celebrate Independence Day were also held at tehsil headquarters Basohli, Billawar and Hiranagar.

At Doda:

The People of this mountainous district joined the nation in Independence Day celebrations as a series of functions were held across its length and breadth.

The main function was held at Sports stadium where Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh unfurled the Tricolour and inspected guard of honour.

He took salute at March past comprising contingents of J&K police, IRP 5th Battalion, CRPF 76 Bn, Forest protection force, Home guards and school children drawn from all schools from across the district.

The DC greeted the people and highlighted the importance of the day while paying rich tributes to the freedom fighters.

He listed upcoming developmental projects in the district and informed that works on 47 PMGSY projects, District Hospital Doda, Sub district Hospital Bhaderwah, Outdoor stadium Doda, Ganpat Bridge, Shiva Dal bridge have been completed and put to public use.

He said that work is in full swing on Govt Medical College Ghat Doda, Polytechnic College at Beoli, SDH Gandoh and Sports stadium Doda.

A variety programme featuring diverse folk and culture of the state was presented by the school students which enthralled the audience.       Consolation prize and commendation certificates were also given to the participants.

Similar celebrations were held in other parts of the district including Bhaderwah and Thathri. At Bhaderwah, ADDC Pawan Kumar Parihar hoisted the national flag and took salute of march past contingents.   SDM Mohammad Anwar Banday hoisted the tri-colour at Thathri.

At Kishtwar:

The Independence Day celebrations were also held in Kishtwar with great enthusiasm and National spirit.

The main function was held at parade ground Kishtwar where Deputy Commissioner, Angrez Singh Rana unfurled the Tricolour and took salute at the march past comprising contingents of JKP, CRPF, CISF JKAP, FPF, NCC and students drawn from various schools of the district.

The DC greeted the people and highlighted the importance of the day.

Highlighting the developmental initiatives in the district, the DDC said numerous power projects like Pakal Dul, Kiru, Kwar, Kirthai has been started to tap huge potential of River Chenab.

“These projects are bound to change the socio –economic scenario of the district by creating massive employment opportunities for the local youth” the DC said.

He also listed upcoming and completed projects   under key sectors like (R&B), PMGSY   Health Education, power and RDD.

A Cultural programmes depicting folk dance and music was presented by the school children.

A large number of people including women and children turned up at the venues to participate in the national event despite showers.

Later consolation prizes, commendation certificates and mementoes were distributed among the participants and officers by the DDC.

Similar functions were held at Sub Divisions and Tehsil headquarters where Magistrates un-furled the Tricolour and took the salute at the march past.

At Reasi

Deputy Commissioner, Prasanna Ramaswamy G unfurled the national flag amidst a large cheering crowd in Reasi

In his address, the DC gave a detailed account of achievements recorded in key sectors. He also called for eradicating drug abuse, sectarianism, superstition and corruption so as to build a truly independent India.

Post guard of honour, march-past was presented by the Jammu Kashmir Police, the Jammu Kashmir Armed Police and the Jammu Kashmir Home Guards. Contingents of NCC cadets and students from various schools and colleges also formed the part of March Past.

Another highlight of the programme was arrival of   91 KM cycling expedition at the venue.  The expedition team included army and civilians led by Captain Praveen.

Two tableaus- exhibiting mobile food testing lab of the Drugs and Food Control Organization and   Mine Detecting Vehicle also attracted the attention of audience. A colourful variety cultural show was presented by students of local schools and colleges.

An outstanding part of the event was presentation of a miniature earth-mover made by one Darshan Singh of village Kenthi for which he was presented Rs 2000 as a token of appreciation by the DC.

The programme ended with prize distribution ceremony in which the participants and the winners were felicitated.


The Independence Day was celebrated across Udhampur with patriotic spirit and enthusiasm.  Series of functions were held at District, Tehsil, Block and Niabat headquarters.

The main function was held in the premises of PG College Boys where the District Development Commissioner Udhampur Ravinder Kumar hoisted the National Flag and took salute at an impressive march past presented by 38 contingents of JKP, CRPF, Home Guard Volunteers, NCC, and students of various educational institutions.

Member Legislative Assembly Pawan Kumar Gupta, Director Sher- E Kashmir Police Academy, Udhampur Sulaiman Salaria, Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohammad Ahmed Bhat, Additional District Development Commissioner, Arvind Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Krishan Lal, and other senior officers of District Administration, police, Air Force and CRPF, BSF and Army besides prominent citizens and people in large number also graced the occasion.

Complimenting the people on the auspicious day, the DDC recalled the services of freedom struggle heroes in attaining freedom.

Meanwhile, the DDC rolled out the achievements registered under key sectors like    Power, Health Education, Agriculture and Rural Development.      He informed that this year government has taken up 5780 developmental works in RDD out of which   1961 have been completed, while 25954 IHHLs and 31 communities sanitary Complex were constructed under and Swachh Bharat Mission. He said 37 Panchayats have been declared ODF in the district. He appealed people to come forward and take the benefits of different centrally sponsored schemes.

The students of various educational institutions presented a scintillating cultural and theme-based program which kept the audience spell bound.

Later the chief guest also distributed trophies, certificates of merit among the students who excelled in academics, sports and cultural activities.

Similar functions were organized at Tehsil, Sub Division and Niabat level.

At Ramban:

The District Development Commissioner, Showkat Aijaz Bhat unfurled the national flag at Ramban.

MLA Ramban, Neelam Langeh, senior police and civil officers and a large number of people turned up at the venue to be part of the national event.

The DC greeted the enthusiastic audience including the locals, students, officers and government employees on the national. He also gave an account of developmental activities in the district.

The DDC informed that Rs 121. 79 crores have been earmarked for different developmental works in district Ramban under Capex Budget for 2018-19. He informed that 7 new water supply schemes will be started this year while power supply has been extended to all uncovered areas.

A colourful cultural programme based on the patriotic songs, skits on inspirational social themes with a blend of gymnastics was presented by the   students.

Later, prizes were distributed among the participants of cultural programme, meritorious students, officials and media men.


A series of Independence Day functions were organised across Rajouri district which witnessed large participation of the people.

The main function was held at District Police Lines Rajouri where chief guest, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad unfurled the National Flag and took the salute of March Past.

A total of 29 contingents of JKAP, JK Executive Police, JK Lady Police, CRPF, JK Lady Police, JK FPF, Home Guard and NCC besides the contingents of Senior Group Students and Junior Group Students took part in the March Past. DySP (Hqr) Govind Rattan commanded the parade.

Present on the occasion were MLA Adv Qammar Hussain Choudhary, senior civil and police officers, civil society member, Officers from Army and CRPF.

The Deputy Commissioner extended warm greetings to the people and paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters.

Listing developmental achievements, he said Rajouri has recorded steady progress in all sectors. He added that with Rs 197 Cr District Plan for year 2018-19, district administration is working assiduously to provide better road infrastructure, healthcare facilities, quality education, electricity and water supply to the people, besides assuring social security to aged, physically challenged and widows and creating self employment avenues for unemployed youth.

He listed the achievements of district administration under R&B, Health, Education, Agriculture, RDD and power sectors.

Later, the students of government and private institutions presented a cultural programme based on themes of patriotism, communal harmony, gender equality and women empowerment.


Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Yadav unfurled the National Flag and took salute at the March Past at Poonch.

An impressive march past was presented by 28 contingents comprising JKAP, JKP, CRPF, Home Guards, Forest Protection Force, Fire & Emergency NCC Cadets and students of government and private institutions, under the overall command of Dy SP Bisham Dubey.

Legislators, Dr Shanaz Ganai, Pradeep Sharma, Yashpal Sharma, senior civil, police Army, CRPF officers district heads and a large number of people attended the function.

The Deputy Commissioner paid tributes to the leaders of freedom struggle and listed the milestones achieved by the country and Jammu and Kashmir in post-Independence era.

Referring to developmental activities in the district, he said numerous vital projects have been completed and many new are under execution in key sectors including PWD, PHE, PDD, PMGSY, Health, Education, Tourism, Rural Development and others which will push the district further on path of development.   He informed that 169 road projects are targeted for completion under PMGSY which will provide connectivity to 101 habitations benefitting thousands of souls.

He further said building of Degree College Surankote has been completed while work on Indoor Stadium, Satellite Campus of Jammu University and Auditorium building in Degree College is in full swing. He also listed achievements and new projects taken up under other key sectors.

The DC said that the district has achieved ODF status with construction of 72,974 IHHU under SBM while village wise campaign has been undertaken to educate and sensitise the public about ill effects of open defecation. He further informed that under PMAY 1287 homeless families are being provided houses of which 86   are completed and 1132 are under construction.

He added resources are being invested to take these services to the last post and for this Rs 66 Cr has been earmarked for electrification of 13280 houses in different villages especially along LOC. Similarly of 540 hamlets where acute shortage of water was reported permanent arrangements are made for 307 whereas 233 hamlets are being provided water through tanker service.

Similar functions were held at sub-divisional and tehsil headquarters.

Meanwhile, Government Mixed Higher Secondary School (Camp) Purkhoo celebrated Independence Day with patriotic zeal.

Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner, M.L. Raina hoisted the tricolor.

Raina paid tributes to freedom leaders and advised the younger generation to preserve the national unity and diversity.

On the occasion student presented cultural programmes.

Principal, faculty members, students and prominent citizens were present on the occasion.

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