(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)
Ganderbal- Asserting that violence and terrorism will achieve nothing, the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Saturday that the people must remember the sacrifices of the heroes of Jammu and Kashmir like Sheikh Abdul Jabbar and tread the path of peace to establish a progressive and prosperous society.
Sinha made these remarks while paying tributes to Jabbar, a prominent political figure of J&K during a public event at Guriwan Lar, Ganderbal on Saturday, an official spokesperson said. The event was organized by Sheikh Jabbar Foundation to commemorate the 32nd death anniversary of the late leader.
“I pay my humble tributes to the brave son of Maa Bharti Shri Sheikh Abdul Jabbar Sahib. A visionary grassroots leader Sheikh Abdul Jabbar Sahib worked selflessly for the people & progress of J&K and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation”, the LG said.
“J&K UT is a symbol of India's unity and its greatness and we owe our strength to ancestors like Sheikh Abdul Jabbar. With their blessings, we have made impressive strides to socio-economic development and today J&K's growth is stronger than ever,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, the LG highlighted the government's endeavours to bring transparency, accountability and efficiency in the governance system, besides reforms and policy decisions to accelerate unprecedented growth in sectors like Industries, education, healthcare, power, connectivity, infrastructure, sports , social security, self employment etc.
“Public welfare reforms introduced by the government in the last two years are paying the dividend and people at the last ladder of development are receiving the benefits,” Sinha said.
“Our objectives are clear- Social justice, equitable development and prosperity of all citizens. Welfare of our Tribals, workers, youth, women and farmers is evident in the various schemes launched by the government. I expect every section of society, especially youth to contribute to the economic progress of J&K,” he added.
Reiterating UT Government's commitment to ensure economic and social justice for all the citizens, the LG, as per the spokesperson said that the impressive turnaround in various sectors during the last two years has succeeded in improving the quality of life.
“Violence and terrorism will achieve nothing. We must remember the sacrifices of the heroes of J&K like Sheikh Abdul Jabbar and tread the path of peace to establish a progressive and prosperous society,” the LG said.
Addressing the public demand to rename government hospital and bridge after Sheikh Abdul Jabbar, the LG, as per the spokesperson observed that the government has already decided to name infrastructure assets after all such great personalities who have contributed to upholding the unity and integrity of the country and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir, and assured that the appropriate steps will be taken in this regard.
Sinha, he said, appreciated the commitment of DDC Chairperson Ganderbal, Nuzhat Ishfaq and former Legislator, Ishfaq Jabbar for working towards the development of Ganderbal district and ensuring the welfare of people.
“Last year, under Public Health Engineering in Ganderbal, 33 projects hanging for years were started. 75 Languishing projects were also started under District Capex and other schemes and all these projects will be completed at the earliest,” the LG said.
“Earlier, there was only one industrial estate in Ganderbal. Last year the administration had approved four new industrial estates and I am sure that at least 350 industrial units will be set up generating large employment opportunities for the local youth,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, the LG also emphasized the need to make a collaborative effort for improving the literacy rate of girls, ensuring 100% saturation of Ayushman Golden Card in the district, besides instructing the District Administration to explore the possibilities of implementing various aspects of Jabbar's development draft.
The LG, he said, also highlighted several milestones achieved by the UT government in different sectors by establishing fear-free, corruption-free and inclusive system of administration.
“We have devised the scheme of setting up Self Help Groups to make women financially independent through Umeed program as a mass movement and more than 2000 such groups are being assisted in Ganderbal. It is my expectation that more and more women should be connected with self-help groups through the Umeed program,” Sinha said.
Former Legislator, Ishfaq Jabbar threw light on the life and the public welfare works done by his late father.
“We will continue to follow the path laid down by Late Sheikh Abdul Jabbar and work for the betterment, welfare and integrity of J&K,” he added.
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