Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ provides the perfect opportunity to make J&K fear-free, corruption-free, drug-free and job-oriented.
These resolutions entail the participation of the people to fulfill our resolve and build upon the achievements of the last 75 years, he said during the 17th edition of the ‘Awaam Ki Awaaz’ radio programme Sunday.
Observing that janbhagidari is a strong foundation of effective and efficient administration, the Lt Governor urged the people to become a partner in the developmental journey.
“No strategy of rapid socio-economic transformation will work without active participation of people. The Amrit Kaal Khand has infused a sense of self-confidence and we are determined to harness the tremendous capacities of human capital to build a strong and prosperous J&K”, he said, adding that continuous efforts are being made to fulfill the aspirations of the people, particularly the youth, who are the lifeblood of society and guardians of economic development and social progress.
In a short span of three years, we have introduced reforms in every sector, which has opened up a plethora of opportunities for growth and development. The results are visible as J&K is now moving ahead to be one of the leading regions in sectors like IT, Industries, Tourism, Revenue, Women Entrepreneurship and Youth Empowerment, the Lt Governor said.
He also expressed gratitude to all the citizens for their immense contribution and wholehearted participation in ‘Har Ghar Tiranga Utsav’.
The Lt Governor also shared inspiring stories of citizens who are making a positive impact in the lives of others and playing the role of a change-maker for the society.
‘The story of Haji Mohammad Shafi Sheikh is truly inspiring. A pioneer in introducing horticulture in Bhaderwah, he encouraged other farmers for convert their land into orchids, and now three villages have been transformed into exotic fruit hub of Jammu division’, Lt Governor said.
Appreciating Syed Jalees Qadri, a young entrepreneur from Srinagar for his endeavor of replacing the use of plastic cups with ‘kulhad’ (earthen cups), the Lt Governor said, Jalees is on a mission to promote environmental sustainability and reviving traditional crafts. For environmental protection, it is necessary to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and bring about a change in our behavior. Now, environment-friendly ‘kulhad’, which has been a part of our tradition since ages, is slowly and steadily replacing plastic cups,’ Lt Governor added.
Acknowledging the determined efforts of Srinagar’s Abdul Rahim Bhat to plant a million trees till 2030 in the valley, the Lt Governor said his story is an inspiring tale of common man’s social responsibility. He has planted two lakh trees in the Kashmir Valley without the help of any organisation. His spirit to give back to society is commendable.
Our natural resources are limited, and their conservation & protection is essential for our existence. We must take inspiration from Abdul Rahim Bhat and discharge our responsibility towards protecting natural resources from destruction while walking on the path of development, he added.
Highlighting the role of Self Help Groups as a facilitator of development, the Lt Governor mentioned Anita Devi, a resident of Reasi district, who is spearheading a Self Help Group of 1300 women, and has transformed several villages of her area.
She is a living example of ‘Nari Shakti’ who has converted the challenges of remote hilly areas into opportunities, the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor also acknowledged the notable work of Kulgam’s Shahina Akhtar for providing free coaching to the women of her area so that they can become self-dependent.
Referring to a suggestion received from Doda’s Reva Raina related to capacity building and credit facilities for women entrepreneurs, the Lt Governor listed various programs of the government to connect women folks with entrepreneurial endeavors and assured her that all the necessary steps will be taken by the administration.