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India’s G-20 Presidency an opportunity for J&K to showcase its tourism potential: LG

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Says youth engagement in villages and towns through youth clubs building robust social system

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said India’s G-20 Presidency is an opportunity for Jammu and Kashmir to “showcase its cultural richness and tourism potential”, and called upon the youth and women entrepreneurs to come together for the purpose.

He also termed India’s Presidency of G-20 as a unique opportunity to showcase the potential of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.

Addressing the people of the Union territory through the 21st edition of the monthly radio programme ‘Awaam Ki Awaaz’, Sinha said India’s G-20 Presidency is an opportune moment for Jammu and Kashmir to “showcase its cultural richness and tourism potential” on the world stage.

“The youth clubs, women entrepreneurs, tourism entrepreneurs, and innovators need to come together to showcase vibrant and progressive Jammu and Kashmir during India’s G-20 Presidency,” Sinha said.

He also invited suggestions and ideas from the citizens for the G-20 events to be conducted in the Union territory.

Sharing his thoughts on the recently concluded ‘My Town My Pride’ campaign, the LG said the urban connect movement was celebrated as a festival of vibrant urban local self-governance.

“Jan Bhagidari” is a reflection of a progressive society. It paves the way for a ‘bottom-up’ approach in governance and helps us formulate the policies as per public needs. ‘My Town My Pride’ campaign was aimed at energizing Urban Local Bodies and directing development efforts in urban areas through community participation,” Sinha said.

He said awakening people’s power in the direction of inclusive development is the first step. “We all have to make our contribution to bring a positive change in the expansion of infrastructure facilities, cleanliness campaigns, environmental protection, economic activities, and green space, lake, river, and heritage conservation.”

He also shared inspiring stories and voiced several suggestions from citizens received from across the UT.

The Lt Governor also shared inspiring stories and voiced several suggestions of citizens received from across the UT.

Making a mention of Dr Sanya Khan from Doda who is dedicatedly working for women’s empowerment and gender equality, the LG congratulated her for her special focus on inclusiveness and hoped her work will inspire others to greater effort and success.

The LG complimented Rankaj Sadotra from Bishnah, Jammu who is providing an enabling environment for youth clubs & building a bridge between the administration and the public.

“Youth engagement in villages and towns through youth clubs building a robust social system,” he said.

“Saima Shafi from Srinagar has made an immense contribution to popularizing pottery. Artists always work from an inner source of inspiration. We must appreciate & applaud the creativity of our artists who are an intrinsic part of our priceless artistic and cultural heritage,” said the LG.

Highlighting that Self- Help Groups have become vital agents for bringing about change in society, the LG said the success story of Yasmina Jan from Pulwama makes us feel immensely proud, who with the help of Rural Livelihood Mission, became Tral’s first dry fruit seller.

Noting that around five-and-a-half lakh rural women are associated with handicrafts, household, and small-scale industries, besides looking after their families and contributing to farming activities, Sinha called on all sections of society to come forward and contribute to the development of women’s power.

“Only through social cooperation and encouragement, the whole country will be able to appreciate and acknowledge the wonderful work done by the women,” he said.

The LG said many brave martyrs of J&K have made immense contributions to the freedom struggle and have ensured the unity and integrity of the country.

“The youth of Jammu and Kashmir should be reminded of the glorious history and sacrifices of great men and women. It is imperative to motivate the younger generation to contribute towards nation-building with a greater sense of responsibility and zeal,” he said.

Referring to the suggestion of transforming district libraries, Sinha announced that soon new books will be added to the existing stock of all district libraries in the UT.

“In the last one year, work has been done on priority for the renovation of all the district libraries, besides stocking of better books and facilities,” he added.

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