AJMER ALAM WANİ
DODA: Tourism Industry being the backbone of the state economy is the
cutting edge of the socio-economic status of all the three regions of
the state, this was stated by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Mr.
Nawang Rigzin Jora while inaugurating the 2nd Annual
Grameen-cum-Tourism festival at famous lush green Lal Draman Doda .
Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani and MLA
Doda Mr. Abdul Majid Wani. District Development Commissioner, Doda Mr.
Farooq Ahmed Khan, SSP Doda Mr. Arif Rishu and CO 10 RR Doda Mr. Tanay
Kotial accompanied the Minister.
The 2nd annual Grameencum-tourism Mela, Lal Draman was organized by
the District Administration in collaboration Jammu and Kashmir Tourism
Department, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages and
Army. Saying said that the coalition Government under the leadership
of Chief Minister Mr. Omar Abdullah is committed for the development
of unexplored tourist destinations in the state, Mr Jora said that
Tourism infrastructure has been developed in Bhaderwah and now the
same will be replicated in other parts like Doda and Kishtwar.
The Minister announced that for the development of Lal Draman which is
said to be the Gulmarg of Doda, a tourism development consultant will
be engaged to prepare a master plan within few months and then the
Tourism infrastructure development work at Lal Draman will be taken
up in a phased manner.
He said Tourism Department is a facilitator and
acts as a catalyst and it is up to the people of the District
especially unemployed youth to avail benefits of the fastest growing
sector in the country. He said that Government is committed to help
the people to create Tourism related infrastructure in the state and
asked the unemployed youth to avail benefit of Tourism Schemes and opt
tourism as a career option. He said for success of any developmental
scheme people participation, peace and harmony is pre-requisite
component for the on-ground and fruitful implementation and welfare of
Mr. Jora said that Tourism being the most affected industry during
turmoil in the state has yielded record breaking results on revival
and the inflow of tourists has increased manifolds in the state, He
said it was possible because the people love peace and harmony for the
multi faceted development of the state.
Minister of State for Tourism Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani said that
Sher-e-Kashmir Mr. Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who explored Lal Draman
was also highly impressed with the pristine and virgin beauty. Lal
Draman will be developed as one of the attractive tourist destination
of the region and said that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has a mission
to develop and connect the far flung and hilly areas of the state on
priority basis. He said to keep Lal Draman safe from human
interference road under PMGSY will be constructed and will be kept ½
km away from the spot so as to avoid any sort of disturbance to
natural lush green beauty.
Mr. Wani said that present regime has made revolutionary reforms in
various sectors across the state whether it is Health, Education,
Agriculture, Horticulture, Tourism, Employment etc. for the benefit,
welfare and upliftment of socio-economic status of masses. He said
Tourism is the sector which directly or indirectly benefits the masses
and their participation is vital for the development. Mr. Wani thanked
UPA chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
for their liberal funding for the state.
Earlier, MLA Mr. Abdul Majid Wani and District Development
Commissioner, Doda thanked the Ministers for the inauguration of
Grameen Mela, Lal Draman. Splendid cultural programmes were presented
by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture & Languages,
Sub-Office Doda which kept the Ministers and audience spell bound. The
main attraction of the programme was Kashmiri cultural identity Band
Pathr which was highly appreciated by the audience which propagated
the message of wild life conservation, health and hygiene and
Siraji folk songs, Bhaderwahi songs,
Kashmiri songs and Dogri songs were also the attractions of the Mela.
Various sports events were also organized in the Mela which include
Kabaddi, Wrestling, Paragliding, Horse racing and Tug of War.
Certificates and mementoes were distributed among the participating
teams and departments.