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G20 historic opportunity to showcase J&K’s culture, heritage, tourism: LG Sinha

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Through ‘Awaam Ki Awaaz’ prog, shares examples of govt-public partnership in development

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said the G20 working group meeting in Jammu and Kashmir is a historic opportunity for people of the Union Territory to showcase their culture, heritage, tourism and warm hospitality.

The third G20 Tourism Working Group meeting is scheduled to take place in summer capital Srinagar from May 22 to 24.

The G20 members represent around 85 percent of the global GDP, over 75 percent of the global trade and more than 60 percent of the world’s population. “Such a gathering will provide a huge boost to the shared vision of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ globally and accelerate socio-economic development of Jammu Kashmir,” Sinha said.

“G20’s 3rd tourism working group meeting starting from May 22 is a historic opportunity for 13 million citizens of J&K UT to showcase priceless culture, heritage, tourism and warm hospitality. All the citizens should come forward and be a part of this memorable event,” Sinha said in this month’s ‘Awaam Ki Awaaz’ radio programme,

The LG also sought active support of the people for the successful conduct of the event.

“It is our resolve to build a new, ‘Atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) Jammu Kashmir in this ‘Amrit Kaal’. This historic occasion of the G20 meeting will inspire the generations of Jammu Kashmir and infuse new enthusiasm, new confidence in the society,” he said.

Sharing the “inspirational” example of government-public partnership in development, the LG appreciated the district administration Bandipora, residents and Pune-based civil society group for their unique initiative to transform Aragam village situated on the banks of Wular lake.

“Aragam will soon be converted into the country’s largest Book Village with active participation of the local community.  Apart from books in 6 different languages, old manuscripts and paintings will also be available in the libraries, which will introduce tourists to ancient history and folk culture of J&K,” he added.

According to an official press release, the LG congratulated the farmers of Sagam village, Anantnag for reviving Mushkbudji, the heritage crop, known for its aroma. “The efforts of Sagam Mushkbudji Farmers Producer Company will provide a new fillip to the farming of one of the most cherished and valued products of J&K,” he said.

The LG also shared the success stories of Neelam Rani and Gowhar Jabeena, the women entrepreneurs from Kathua and Anantnag, and Rohit Salaria, a young entrepreneur from Udhampur.

Gowhar Jabeena of Anantnag has established ‘Green Posh Nursery Unit’, the first Kiwi nursery in Kashmir division. Her achievements in this unexplored sector are inspiring the locals and budding entrepreneurs, said the LG.

The entrepreneurial zeal of Kathua’s Neelam Rani has not only empowered the local womenfolk but has also widened the market reach of the Basohli Pashmina shawls, he added.

The LG said the young entrepreneurs like Rohit Salaria of Udhampur with their efforts are inspiring other youth to become job-givers and to create more space for young entrepreneurs. Rohit Salaria has set up a food processing unit under PM’s Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme.

He lauded the renowned artist Sohan Singh Billawaria for training budding artists and also promoting the rich legacy of Basohli painting.

The LG also shared the suggestions of Kulgam’s Dr Rizwan Rumi and  Ehsan Quddusi of Pulwama regarding developing an institutional mechanism to raise awareness, skilling, and financial support to young entrepreneurs in the horticulture sector.

He made special mention of valuable inputs received from Saima Mushtaq of Srinagar and Jammu’s Sanchaita Pradhan to promote the famous folk arts and crafts of rural Jammu Kashmir. Doda’s Humerah Balwan, Ridham Gupta of Samba and Jammu’s Apurva Mishra had written on empowerment of the girl child. Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh of Anantnag and Dr. Kumar Sourabh of Jammu suggested active participation of youth in water conservation and lake rejuvenation, the press release informed.

It said the LG issued directions to the concerned departments and officials for taking appropriate action on the suggestions received from the citizens.

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