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G20 meet a historic opportunity for J&K to showcase its vibrant culture and tourism potential: LG Sinha

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“Take advantage of this opportunity and encourage citizens, tourism and industry stakeholders to contribute to its grand success”

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Thursday interacted with the members of civil society groups, members of PRIs, representatives of various organizations and discussed the upcoming G20 meeting at Srinagar.

“G20 meeting is a historic opportunity for J&K UT to showcase its vibrant culture, traditions and tourism potential. It belongs to all the citizens and they should come forward and be a part of this historic event,” said the LG.

The LG, according to an official press release, also urged the civil society members to take advantage of this opportunity and encourage citizens, tourism and industry stakeholders to contribute to its grand success.

The LG also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing a powerful platform for the G20 meeting for connecting local and global aspirations.

“G20 meeting will give a new height to J&K’s growth, boost the limitless potential of the tourism & hospitality sector and enhance economic prosperity to all sections of society. It is also an opportunity for the handicrafts sector to script a bright future,” the LG said.

Addressing the members of civil society groups, the LG also talked about J&K’s journey on the “path of accelerated development and the remarkable progress registered in various sectors since 2019”.

“Never before had infrastructure development taken place at the kind of speed witnessed in the last four years. We are marching forward with the common vision of peace, progress and prosperity. Let us all re-dedicate ourselves to make this event a memorable one with the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” said the LG.

Speaking on the revival of the tourism sector, the LG said the sector was affected adversely due to Covid pandemic but now it is recovering fast. “We are making several interventions to give new momentum to the tourism and hospitality sector,” he added.

“Connectivity is the most important aspect not only for tourism but also for overall development. More than 1.50 lakh crore rupees worth highways & tunnel projects are being executed and the improved road & rail connectivity have brought J&K closer to the world,” the LG added.

The LG also commended the contribution and cooperation of all stakeholders, civil society groups, eminent citizens in the preparations of the upcoming G20 event starting from 22nd May in Srinagar.

On the occasion, Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor SMC; Dr Darakhshan Andrabi, Chairperson, J&K Waqf Board; Safina Baig, DDC chairperson Baramulla & chairperson J&K Hajj Committee; DDC chairpersons, civil society members, representatives of various organizations and religious heads shared their valuable suggestions for making the G20 event at Srinagar a grand success, the press release said.

It said they also assured their support and cooperation in the smooth conduct of upcoming Mela Kheer Bhawani, Hajj pilgrimage and Amarnath Yatra.

Dr Hina Shafi Bhat, Vice-Chairperson, KVIB; R K Goyal, ACS, Home Department; Dilbag Singh, DGP, senior officials of civil administration and police were also present.

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