People must come together to remove encroachments and restore wetlands: LG
SRINAGAR, OCT 16: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha addressed the people of Jammu Kashmir through the 19th edition of ‘Awaaz Ki Awaaz’ Radio programme, today.
The Lt Governor emphasized that people’s involvement with a collective spirit can lead to realising their aspirations.
The Lt Governor said that for a bright future and clean habitat, people must come together to remove encroachments and restore the wetlands. The administration has prepared an Integrated Action Plan for Ecological Conservation and about Rs 47 crore is being spent to save this priceless natural heritage, he added.
After 30 years, traditional navigation route of Khushal Sar was cleared and arrangements were made for the movement of Shikaras to Gilikadal and Zadibal, he informed.
Noting the unmatched progress being recorded in the tourism sector of J&K, the Lt Governor emphasized the necessity of collective role of all citizens to protect the ecology in view of the ever-increasing influx of tourists in the coming years.
He highlighted the success stories of many hardworking entrepreneurs and voiced several suggestions and ideas received from citizens from across the UT. He also issued directions to the concerned departments to assess and take actionable steps on the basis of the invaluable suggestions received from the masses.
Sharing the story of Jamshida Bano of Budgam, the Lt Governor said she is truly an inspiration. She is empowering the local women by providing them training in Sozni craft and helping them with livelihood development options related to the market, value chain to ensure they are financially independent.
The Lt Governor underscored that the UT administration is fully determined to make women educationally, socially and economically empowered. Efforts are also being made for training, skill development and marketing through cooperative societies and self-help groups to provide institutional support to the products of women entrepreneurs. Instructions have been issued to all departments to ensure maximum procurement through self-help groups and women entrepreneurs, he added.
The Lt Governor appreciated the work of Er. Anise Shreen and observed that she is giving back to the society by addressing various issues related to animal care and youth with a sense of purpose, sensitivity and compassion, while discharging her official duty with dedication.
The Lt Governor commended the Rajouri District administration for its efforts to provide market linkage to local artisans under the ‘Vocal for Local’ campaign, wherein almost a century old Chikri Woodcraft has been launched on the e-commerce platform. Such steps will empower the local handicrafts and artisans, he added.
Hari Krishan of Udhampur and Sadiq Ali of Mendhar are shining examples of true grit and new age farming. Their success stories based on diversification in agriculture are resonating amongst the farming communities of the adjoining areas, the Lt Governor further said.
The administration has made a substantial increase in the budget for the allocation of funds for agriculture and rural development and for the financial help of the farmers. Policies and programmes are being designed to bridge the gap between the rural and urban population, the Lt Governor added.
Seaking on the spellbinding offbeat destinations in Jammu division which are still largely unexplored, the Lt Governor said there is a need for enlightened citizens to help develop sustainable tourism together with the administration to tap the potential of these areas.
The Lt Governor also shared the suggestion of Radhika Mahajan from Jammu on transformative effects of Blockchain technology in the Travel industry and the need for incorporating the burgeoning technology of Blockchain in the field of Tourism and Hospitality. He directed the Tourism and IT departments to work on assessing its use in the UT.