Independence Day Celebrated Across Kashmir

15 August 2009
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: The 63rd Independence Day celebrations were marked with festive ambiance in different parts of the Valley on Saturday. An official statement said that the minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather, unfurled the tricolor at Sports Stadium, Budgam and took salute at the march past. Contingents of JK Police, CRPF, Armed Police, Auxiliary Police, Fire and Emergency Service, NCC and School children took part in the March past. Addressing the gathering, Rather while highlighting the importance of the day said that to usher a new era of development in the state various developmental and welfare initiatives have been initiated by the government. He said to deal with the problems of unemployment a new employment scheme Sheri-Kashmir Employment Scheme will be launched in the state on 5th of December this year. He said under the scheme the unemployed youth of the state will be registered at the respective district Headquarters where they will be given proper counseling and guidance for getting employed. He said during the current year about 12,000 youth were provided regular employment and further 22,000 will be accommodated by the respective recruiting agencies soon. At Pulwama the minister for Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar led the celebrations by unfurling the tri color at district police lines, Pulwama. He took salute at the March past and reviewed the colourful parade. Addressing the gathering, Sagar highlighted the importance of the day in its historical context and said while India had achieved independence on this day in 1947, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Moulana Azad and others, the State of Jammu and Kashmir was freed from autocracy and oppressive regime by Sher-i-Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. The minister for Forest and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad, unfurled the Tri-color and took salute on the march past in Ganderbal. After a gap of 20 years a massive gathering of thousands witnessed the celebrations. The District development commissioner, SSP Ganderbal, Imtiyaz Hussain, Civil and Military officers, besides prominent citizens were present on the occasion. Altaf in his address said that country has made a significant achievement in various fields since Independence but much more is yet to be achieved. He said we will have to make strenuous and collective efforts to tackle un-employment, stabilize economy to increase food production and to further expand power and irrigation facilities in the country. Altaf distributed appointment orders among 22 persons of the district under SRO-43. He also distributed prizes among the school children who participated in the cultural programme. The Agriculture minister, Ghulam Hussan Mir, unfurled the tri color at District Police Line Kupwara and took salute at the march past. Addressing the people, the minister stressed for harnessing the natural resources of the State for which he sought the utilization of Local Human resources. The Minister said that J&K is blessed with abundant natural; resources which have not been optimally utilized till date. He said that sectors like water resources, forests, Horticulture, tourism etc can give the states economy a turn around if utilized properly. He said the state also possesses local human material, which can accomplish this task efficiently. Others who was present on the occasion included deputy commissioner, Kupwara, Showkat Ahmed Mir and SSP Kupwara The Education minister, Peerzada Mohammad Syed, unfurled the tricolor and took the salute at the march past in Islamabad. Syed on the occasion recalled the sacrifices made by the people of the nation irrespective of cast, religion and region to achieve freedom from British imperialism. The minister for PHE, Irrigation, Taj Mohi-ud-Din unfurled the tricolor at District Police Line, Varmul and took salute at the march past. Speaking on the occasion, the minister stressed upon all sections of the society to cooperate in ensuring implementation of the development process initiated by the present coalition government. In Kulgam, the minister for Social welfare, Sakina Itoo took the salute and unfurled the tricolor while the minister for CA&PD and Transport, Qamer Ali Akhoon, hoisted the tricolor at District Headquarter Shopian. At Bandipora, the minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Aga Syed Ruhullah unfurled the tricolor and took salute on the march past. In Leh Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy. The chief executive councilor, LAHDC, Chhering Dorje, unfurled the tricolor and took salute at a colorful march past. Thousands of people gathered at Leh Polo-ground to witness the Flag hoisting ceremony. The Independence Day was celebrated at Kargil with great enthusiasm with chairman-chief executive councilor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil, Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan hoisting the tricolor