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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday directed administrative secretaries to organise various commemoration activities across the Union Territory as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’, a central government programme to mark 75 years of India’s independence.Chairing a high-level meeting on preparations for the programme at the civil secretariat here, Sinha also asked the officials to ensure that birthplaces of freedom fighters– Brigadier Rajinder Singh (Village Bagoona, Samba), Maqbool Sherwani (Baramulla Town)– were selected for mega curtain-raiser events on 12th March.The LG called for grand celebrations to mark the beginning of the programme [email protected] for celebrating 75 years of Independence of India.He issued instructions for holding cultural programmes, khadi exhibitions, Shikara rallies in Dal Lake, seminars, cycle rallies, yoga camps, bike rallies and other activities over the 75 weeks leading up to the country’s 75th year of independence in August 2022.He also directed the officials to make optimum use of various online and offline media platforms for publicising the festival, he said.All departments were directed to submit their respective action plan with the detailed calendar of commemoration activities for 75 weeks, covering all districts, he added.“Involve elected public representatives, youth, school students, social and cultural organizations, NGOs, Civil society and all the sections of the society for ensuring maximum public participation in this National festival of the grand celebrations of 75 years of Independence”, Lt Governor asked the officers.Grand celebrations are being held across the country on themes like Vishva Guru Bharat; India’s rich Culture & Heritage; Unity in diversity; Progress of India – post Independence; India 2.0: Aatma Nirbhar Bharat; We, the people of India and Independence 2.0.Baseer Ahmad Khan, Advisor to the Lt Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Administrative Secretaries; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor; Divisional Commissioners; Deputy Commissioners; HoDs, other senior officers attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ on March 12, the day Mahatma Gandhi launched the Dandi March from Gujarat’s Sabarmati Ashram in 1930.
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