Srinagar, Oct 26: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Thursday received the Amrit Kalash from all Blocks and Municipal bodies of Kashmir Division under Meri Maati Mera Desh Campaign and flagged off the Amrit Kalash Yatra for onward journey to New Delhi Via Jammu.
From 11-30th September 2023, Mitti and Rice were collected from households across all villages and urban wards, marked with over 1.5 Lakh special celebrative events organized across J&K.
On the occasion, the Lt Governor dedicated 3952 Amrit Vatikas and 4605 Shilaphalakams across the UT in the memory of great personalities who had made invaluable contributions and laid down their lives for the progress and prosperity of Jammu Kashmir.
“Meri Maati Mera Desh is an occasion to remember the sacrificial struggle of freedom fighters and Bravehearts. The sacred flame of their selfless sacrifice and contribution of our charismatic forefathers in development will illuminate our journey of Amrit Kaal,” the Lt Governor said in his address.
It is not an event but a symbol of the hopes and aspirations of the common man of J&K UT. It is also a clarion call of the rise of a new J&K that is marching ahead with renewed vigour and strength, he said.
The Lt Governor administered the ‘Panch Pran’ pledge to the people and called for united efforts for realizing the vision of developed India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown us a new path through Panch Pran. Goal of developed India, to remove any trace of colonial mindset, take pride in our roots, unity and sense of duty among citizens, these five Pran will guide us in Amrit Kaal, he said.
Meri Maati Mera Desh is also a symbol of new resolve, an opportunity for collective reflection and new resolution for team J&K, the Lt Governor said.
We will have to dedicate every moment of our lives to nation building and I am confident that the campaign will create new strength and new confidence in the development journey of J&K UT, he said.
The Lt Governor also planted a sapling of Picea smithiana (Himalayan Spruce) to mark the occasion.
Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor, SMC; Aftab Malik, Chairman, DDC Srinagar; Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lt Governor; Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Secretary Tourism Department; DDC Chairpersons, members of PRIs, ULBs, senior Officers from Civil Administration, Police and Security Forces were present.