SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, in the 17th edition of the program “Awaam Ki Awaaz”, said today: Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav offers the perfect opportunity to make four great resolutions: to make J&K fearless, corruption-free , drug free and job oriented.
These resolutions involve the participation of the people to materialize our resolve and build on the achievements of the past 75 years, he added.
Observing that janbhagidari is a solid foundation for effective and efficient administration, the Lieutenant Governor urged the people to become a partner in the development journey.
“No rapid socio-economic transformation strategy will work without the active participation of the population. Amrit Kaal Khand has instilled a sense of self-confidence and we are determined to harness the tremendous capabilities of human capital to build a strong and prosperous J&K,” he said, adding that continuous efforts are being made to meet to the aspirations of the people. , especially young people, who are the engine of society and the guardians of economic development and social progress.
In the space of three years, we introduced reforms in all sectors, which opened up a plethora of opportunities for growth and development. The results are visible as J&K is emerging as one of the leading regions in sectors such as IT, industries, tourism, income, female entrepreneurship and youth empowerment, said the lieutenant governor.
He also expressed his gratitude to all citizens for their immense contribution and wholehearted participation in ‘Har Ghar Tiranga Utsav’.
The Lieutenant Governor also shared inspiring stories of citizens who are positively impacting the lives of others and acting as agents of change for society.
“The story of Haji Mohd Shafi Sheikh is truly inspiring. A pioneer in introducing horticulture to Bhaderwah, he encouraged other farmers to convert their land to orchids, and now three villages have been turned into the exotic fruit center of Jammu Division,” said Lt. governor.
Appreciating Syed Jalees Qadri, a young entrepreneur from Srinagar for his efforts to replace the use of plastic cups with ‘kulhad’ (earth cups), the Lieutenant Governor said Jalees is on a mission to promote environmental sustainability and to revive traditional craftsmanship. For the protection of the environment, it is necessary to adopt a sustainable way of life and to change our behavior. Today, the eco-friendly ‘kulhad’, which has been part of our tradition for centuries, is slowly and steadily replacing plastic cups,” the Lieutenant Governor added.
Recognizing the determined efforts of Abdul Rahim Bhat of Srinagar to plant one million trees by 2030 in the valley, the Lieutenant Governor said his story is an inspiring story of the social responsibility of the common man. He planted two lakh trees in the valley of Kashmir without the help of any organization. His spirit of giving back to society is commendable.
Our natural resources are limited and their conservation and protection are essential to our existence. We must be inspired by Abdul Rahim Bhat and assume our responsibility to protect natural resources from destruction while walking the path of development, he added.
Emphasizing the role of self-help groups as facilitators of development, the Lieutenant Governor mentioned Anita Devi, a resident of Reasi District, who leads a self-help group of 1,300 women and has transformed several villages in her area.
She is a living example of “Nari Shakti” who has turned the challenges of remote hilly regions into opportunities, the lieutenant governor said.
The Lieutenant Governor also recognized the outstanding work of Shahina Akhtar of Kulgam for providing free mentorship to women in her area so that they can become self-reliant.
Referring to a suggestion received from Reva Raina de Doda regarding capacity building and credit facilities for women entrepreneurs, the Lieutenant Governor listed various government programs to connect women to entrepreneurial businesses and assured her that all the necessary measures will be taken by the administration. .
We have adopted the MTC Model – Market Network, Training and Ongoing Support, to create a strong ecosystem of women entrepreneurs in Jammu and Kashmir with personalized support. Financial assistance of Rs 1840 crore has also been given through various banks for people to start their own jobs in the financial year 2021-22. Under the Tejaswini scheme, 2,000 girls have become entrepreneurs in the last fiscal year after receiving Rs 102 crore in financial assistance. Skills development training was also provided by JKEDI to all contractors, the lieutenant governor said.
The Lieutenant Governor instructed the JKTPO to incorporate the suggestions received from Reva Raina into their upcoming programs.
On the suggestion of Anita Goel of Inner Wheel Club Jammu on strengthening the relationship between civil society and the administration, the Lieutenant Governor called on civil society groups to participate in the social development process and to make know the public welfare programs run by the administration.
The Lieutenant Governor thanked Poonam Shashtri of Jammu who suggested the conservation and preservation of heritage sites and assured her that the key ideas will be incorporated into the policies.
The Lieutenant Governor urged discerning citizens to identify ancient heritage sites in their respective areas to scale up the “Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan” initiative. He also called on all public representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions to join this campaign.
The Lieutenant Governor also mentioned some thoughtful observations shared by Uma Sharma of Jammu to promote “literary festivals”, “book cafes” and accelerating the pace of digitization of libraries.
Valuable insights received from Altaf Hussain Khan of Kupwara and Peerzada Vikar Shah of Ganderbal regarding the maintenance and promotion of gardens and landscaping at J&K, in addition to the promotion and monetization of floriculture, have also shared by the Lieutenant Governor.