JAMMU: Lt. Governor, Manoj Sinha highlighted the successes and voiced the invaluable suggestions and ideas received from the citizens in the monthly radio program “Awaam ki Awaaz” broadcast today on all local and major All India channels Radio (AIR) in UT and broadcast on DD Kashir.
During the first episode of the program in 2022, the Lieutenant Governor also enlisted various groundbreaking measures and initiatives that the administration has taken to foster the economic growth and equitable development of J&K UT, bringing in investment and creating a multitude new opportunities for the people. of Jammu Kashmir.
The Lieutenant Governor stressed that positive initiatives in the economic sector are imperative to improve the standard of living of all sections and create a society free from discrimination.
He said the first and historic Real Estate Summit held with the broader goals of ensuring economic prosperity, employment opportunities and financial strengthening of local business groups, saw investment agreements at height of Rs 18,300 crore.
Highlighting the recent investment proposals worth Rs 17,000 crore signed between the J&K government and well-known business groups at Expo Dubai earlier this year, the Lieutenant Governor noted that these initiatives are essential for accelerating the pace of economic and social change, thereby improving the lives of the common man.
He cited the example of Gurgaon’s growth story – where a cluster of a few villages was transformed into a vibrant industrial ecosystem, now housing the offices of 250 of the world’s largest multinational corporations bringing in massive investments, opportunity and prosperity for ordinary citizens.
“Not only ideas, but the belief in development creates a revolution in society. All the positive changes that have taken place in society have been achieved by supporting, not opposing, development,” the Lieutenant Governor observed.
During the address, the Lieutenant Governor shared several success stories and the suggestions sent in by citizens across UT. He also congratulated the winners of the Sahitya Akademi Award-2021 – Sh Raj Rahi, Sh Khalid Hussain and Sh Wali Mohd Aseer Kashtwari, from the region.
The Lieutenant Governor made special mention of the achievements of young innovator, Tauseef Ali Malik, who converted the traditional bukhari into a portable heater and received the National Innovation Foundation Award; and Masrat Farooq, a 27-year-old girl who is one of Srinagar’s youngest entrepreneurs.
“Through the successful cultivation of saffron, Vishal Chandra Sharma of Rajouri’s Kotedhara panchayat has made history by introducing new areas to J&K’s saffron map,” he noted.
The lieutenant governor noted that the promises made during the last episode have been kept. A proposal was sanctioned for the appointment of J&K sportspeople to published and unpublished positions. Now, UT players who win international awards in 44 sports disciplines will get government jobs. Promotion out of the round will also be given to these players for winning medals at the Olympics, Commonwealth and Asian Games, he added.
Referring to the suggestion of Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad of Srinagar, who shared a detailed roadmap for the promotion of handicraft industry, the Lieutenant Governor said that our weavers, artisans weave the fabric of prosperity for society and maintain traditions, customs alive with full dedication. It also enlisted a host of targeted measures taken for the well-being of artisans and the revival of their craft.
Responding to Professor Geer Mohammad Ishaq’s letter in which he highlighted the importance of instilling and promoting the culture of innovation among young people, the Lieutenant Governor said that through the Innovation Center and University of Jammu, Research and Innovation Center of Kashmir University, started last year, the administration is constantly trying to provide the right platforms for the youngsters.
On Gourav Sharma’s suggestion regarding strengthening the working model of the District Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Lieutenant Governor observed that the suggestion is in line with the government’s commitment to 3R-Respond, rescue and rehabilitate animals in distress.
The Lieutenant Governor also shared suggestions from Abrar Kazmi from Baramulla, Fayaz Ahmad Baba from Kulgam, Mohamad Lateef from Baramulla, Randhir Kumar, Rajeshwar Jamwal from Jammu, Mir Adil Farooq from Srinagar; on introducing app based taxi service in Jammu & Srinagar, streamlining school education landscape, starting a Department of Education YouTube channel, online attestation process for obtaining living certificates, integrating technology for traffic management and implementing a housing policy in semi-urban areas, respectively.
Appreciating the efforts of employees, especially Department of Energy field staff, the Lieutenant Governor said that despite heavy snowfall on January 8, KPDCL repaired 500 11kV feeders in just 7-8 hours. , adding that efforts are being made on a war footing to ensure a better supply of electricity than in previous years.
Concluding his speech, the Lieutenant Governor emphasized that people have an important role to play in stopping Corona. He urged everyone to follow the Covid protocol correctly amid the increased risk of the omicron variant.
He also sent his advance greetings to the citizens regarding the upcoming 73rd Republic Day of the country.
“It is our responsibility that every step is beneficial to society and the nation. Together, we must preserve both the diversity and the unity of the nation. With that determination, I wish you all the best,” the Lieutenant Governor said.