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JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh  today directed the officers to ensure that a fool-proof mechanism is put in place for  celebrating Republic Day  in befitting manner with massive participation of the public. The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at a review meeting convened to discuss the arrangements for Republic Day celebrations at Jammu. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary , Mr B. B. Vyas, Principal Secretary Home, Mr. R. K. Goyal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary health, Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner Secretary youth Services and Sports, Mr. Hilal Parray, IGP Jammu Mr. S. D. S. Jamwal, Director information, Mr. Muneer-ul-Islam, Director hospitality and protocol, Mr. Majid Drabu, Additional Commissioner  Jammu, Rehana Batool and senior officers of various concerned departments. Officers of Army, Air force and police were also present in the meeting.

 

Deputy Chief Minister, while pitching for involvement of the public at large in the Republic Day celebrations, called for devising a comprehensive mechanism for the same. He said by doing so we would raise the sense of participation and patriotism in the hearts and minds of the people especially the younger generation. “The officers should hold regular meetings with the cross section of people, intelligentsia so that they come out in large numbers to celebrate the Republic Day,” he added.

Dr. Singh also asked the officers to get in touch with the business fraternity so that they illuminate their business establishments as well as various bazaars as a mark of participation as well as celebration. “Special initiatives should also be taken in this regard and PDD should workout the necessary mechanism for the same,” he said and also appealed the people to hoist the national flag on their houses .

The Deputy Chief Minister also directed the officers of the School Education Department to explore the means of dressing the participating children in the traditional attires in order to make the function more colorful and vibrant. He said they should maintain a close liaison with the participating schools and parents for ensuring the same. Dr Singh also asked the police to ensure that foolproof security mechanism is put in place in order to avoid any untoward incident. He said various agencies should synergize their efforts and also hold regular review meetings in this regard so that lacunae if any are removed.

 

The meeting also discussed several other issues regarding the celebrations which include display of the Tableau, equipments display by the army, cultural programs, illumination of the government buildings, the sanitary arrangements, provision of mobile toilets, transport arrangements,  Mangal Dhawani and Publicity of programme, seating arrangements, printing and issuance of invitation cards and drinking water facilities, lighting facilities, medical arrangements, repair and renovation of the stadium, traffic arrangements, beating retreat and other issues.

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JAMMMU: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh paid homage to the Head Constable, Jagpal Singh of 173 Battalion BSF who attained martyrdom in cross border firing. Speaking during wreath laying ceremony, Dr Singh said that the sacrifices rendered by valiant our soldiers would be remembered for ever inspiring the young generation to serve the cause of nation. IG BSF Ram Awtar, IGP Jammu, S.D Singh, other senior officers of BSF and police also paid homage to the martyred soldiers.

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JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh flagged off the ‘Bharat Darshan’ tour of children   from Frontier Head Quarter BSF, Paloura Camp Jammu. While addressing the participants Dr Singh, said that it is a great opportunity for these children to know the rich heritage, culture, people and understanding unity in diversity of our great nation.  Such tours expose the children to different cultures and areas of the country and go a long way in overall personality development, he added. He said during the tour the students would visit various historical places and get firsthand experience of their country’s rich historical background.

 

Dr Singh said that India has a rich civilization in context of scientific and technological advances and the youth should have knowledge of these things, which will help in their career. He further added that the interactions with the students of other institutions would acquaint them with cultural diversity of the country and make them committed to Nation’s progress by inculcating sense of patriotisms in them.

 

Total 40 children, 20 boys and 20 girls, in the age group of 12 to 17 years, are selected from remote areas of Jammu region. During the tour children will get an opportunity to visit monuments in Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Amritsar. On 26 January 2017, they will witness ‘Republic Day Parade’ at the Rajpath.  The children are being fully equipped in all respect by the BSF. IG BSF Ram Avtar, DIG BSF Harminder pal and other BSF and police officials were also present on the occasion.

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