India’s Republic Day parade marches through Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Sunday's event marks the anniversary of the country's democratic constitution taking force in 1950. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
26: The 71st Republic Day was observed
in Kashmir on Sunday amidst tight security with the main function in the Valley
being held at the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, where Lieutenant Governor’s
advisor Farooq Khan presided over the function, but most mainstream politicians
Advisor Khan took
the salute at the march past after unfurling the national flag.
This was the
first Republic Day after Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was withdrawn on
August 5 last year and the erstwhile state was divided into two Union
Most of the
mainstream politicians stayed away from the function as top leaders of regional
parties like the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party are under
detention since August 5.
weather conditions, continents of police and other security forces took part in
the parade after Khan was given the guard of honour.
gathering, Khan paid rich tributes to Dr B R Ambedkar who gave the Constitution
which guarantees rights to every citizen without discrimination on the basis of
caste, colour, region or religion.
He also paid
tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to preserve the country’s
introduction of Back to Village program, a unique initiative to register and
address public grievances at people’s doorstep, witnessed huge participation
and the officers of the civil administration reached out to every corner of the
programme, he said, a number of developmental projects have been taken up, some
have been completed while others are nearing completion.
To strengthen the
democracy at the grassroots level and to involve people in decision-making process
for development, he said Panchayat election were conducted across Jammu and
Kashmir, but the highlight of 2019 was holding of the first ever Block level
Development Committee Elections.
Minister Narendra Modi, for exhibiting keenness in the development and progress
of Jammu and Kashmir, the advisor said the Central government has taken a slew
of measures in this regard.
Khan said that
government is keen to develop sports infrastructure to provide platform to the
youths so that they can showcase their talent at national and international
For this purpose,
stadia and playgrounds are being developed across Jammu and Kashmir at
Panchayat and district level, he said.
Jammu, has been developed to meet international level and Bakshi stadium,
Srinagar, is also being developed as a world class football stadium.
Agriculture and Horticulture sectors, being the backbone of the economy, are
being developed by way of introducing various schemes including High Density
Plantation and Market Intervention Scheme and the divisional administration is
making every effort to address the grievances of the growers and farmers.
hailed the police department for maintaining peace in Jammu and Kashmir and
lauded the efforts of the people who are working for peace and prosperity of
Khan awarded Basketball player, Ishrat Akhter who represented the country in