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LG joins citizens in a Walkathon to celebrate Har Ghar Tiranga Utsav in Srinagar

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“J&K scripting history, recording unprecedented performance in every sector”

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said the Union territory is scripting history and recording unprecedented performance in every sector, and called it “a new dawn of hopes and dreams”.

He was addressing the gathering at a walkathon held from Lalit Ghat to Botanical Garden as part of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign.

“Unprecedented performance in various parameters has been recorded, which has improved the standard of living of every citizen with equality and social justice. This is a new dawn of hopes and dreams,” he said.

Recalling the speech of Mahatma Gandhi delivered at the Tank Maidan, Mumbai on August 08, 1942, which inspired the people all across the country to overthrow British rule, LG said “today our walkathon is a symbol of the resolve and struggle of Mahatma Gandhi, it is a symbol of penance and supreme sacrifice of the brave soldiers of our army, police, paramilitary forces.”

“Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav provided us with an opportunity to inspire the future generations by making them aware of the invaluable contribution of our heroes and martyrs,” he said.

Addressing the 1971 war veterans, who, according to an official press release were present at the walkathon, Sinha said remembering the heroes who made sacrifices for the country rekindled the spirit of public awakening.

“This walkathon is a tribute to our security forces, freedom fighters and also a symbol of our resolve to build a self-reliant Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

“We have to take the story of our freedom fighters to the new generation and bring alive the memory, the ideals of the personalities who made significant contributions in the freedom struggle and also pay our tributes to the unsung heroes of India’s Independence,” he added.

The LG urged all to take inspiration from “our forefathers, who had made significant sacrifices to provide us a free and independent nation, while fulfilling our obligations towards the future of the golden Jammu and Kashmir of 2047.”

The LG said Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the world’s largest ‘Jan Abhiyaan’ (people’s movement) as a result of which every part of the nation, including Jammu Kashmir, was witnessing ‘Har Ghar Tiranga Utsav’.

“We are citizens of a great nation where every inch of the pious land is filled with ancient values, culture and traditions,” the LG added.

Sinha said Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is being celebrated in Shopian, Kulgam, Jammu, Kishtwar, Rajouri and Poonch among other parts of Kashmir and 1.30 crore are walking on the path of progress and peace envisioned by the prime minister.

The LG said J&K is scripting history in every sector. “Unprecedented performance in various parameters has been recorded, improving the standard of living of every citizen with equality and social justice.”

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, appreciated the enthusiasm of the participants of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ walkathon, while DGP, Dilbag Singh also lauded the participants. He said it is not only the duty of security forces but also of every citizen of the country to uphold the honour and respect of the Tricolour.

Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor SMC, while speaking on the occasion said, “Tiranga has always remained the pride of Jammu and Kashmir.” He extended his greetings on ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ and ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

Prof. Nilofar Khan, VC Kashmir University spoke about the participation of the students of KU in the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign.

Dr Darakhshan Andrabi, chairperson J&K Waqf Board; Dr Hina Shafi Bhat, vice-chairperson, J&K KVIB were present on the occasion.

Raja Babu, IG Frontier BSF delivered the vote of thanks, and Sachendra Singh Chandel, DIG BSF presented the welcome address.

R K Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department; R R Swain, Special DG, CID; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Lt General Amardeep Singh Aujla, GOC 15 Corps; Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir; besides Administrative Secretaries, senior officers from civil administration, police, army and paramilitary forces participated in the walkathon organized by BSF from the Lalit Ghat to the Botanical garden.

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