“The sense of collective spirit can help people achieve their aspirations”
Manoj Sinha extended Diwali greetings in advance
‘Awaam Ki Awaaz’

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today addressed the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the 19th edition of the radio program ‘Awaaz Ki Awaaz’.
The Lieutenant-Governor underlined that the involvement of people in a collective spirit can lead to the realization of their aspirations.
The Lieutenant Governor said that for a bright future and a clean habitat, people must come together to remove encroachments and restore wetlands. The administration has prepared an integrated action plan for ecological conservation and about Rs 47 crore is being spent to save this invaluable natural heritage, he added.
After 30 years, the traditional Khushal Sar shipping lane has been cleared and arrangements have been made for the movement of Shikaras to Gilikadal and Zadibal, he informed.
Noting the unparalleled progress being made in J&K’s tourism sector, the Lieutenant Governor stressed the need for a collective role by all citizens to protect the ecology given the ever-increasing influx of tourists in the years to come. .
He highlighted the successes of many hard-working entrepreneurs and expressed several suggestions and misconceptions from citizens across UT. He also instructed relevant departments to evaluate and take concrete actions based on the invaluable suggestions received from the masses.
Sharing the story of Jamshida Bano of Budgam, the Lieutenant Governor said she was truly an inspiration. She empowers local women by providing them with training in Sozni handicrafts and assisting them with market-linked, value chain livelihood development options to ensure they are financially independent.
The Lieutenant Governor emphasized that the UT administration is fully committed to empowering women educationally, socially and economically. Efforts are also being made for training, skills development and marketing through cooperative societies and self-help groups to provide institutional support for women entrepreneurs’ products. Instructions have been given to all departments to ensure maximum supply through self-help groups and women entrepreneurs, he added.
The Lieutenant Governor appreciated the work of Er. Anise Shreen and observed that she gives back to society by addressing various animal care and youth issues with a sense of purpose, sensitivity and compassion, while carrying out her official duties with dedication .
The Lieutenant Governor commended the Rajouri District Administration for its efforts to provide a market link to local craftsmen through the “Vocal for Local” campaign, under which nearly a century old Chikri Woodcraft was launched on the e-commerce platform. Such measures will strengthen local crafts and artisans, he added.
Hari Krishan from Udhampur and Sadiq Ali from Mendhar are shining examples of true courage and new age agriculture. Their success stories based on agricultural diversification are resonating with farming communities in neighboring regions, the Lieutenant Governor added.
The administration made a substantial increase in the budget for the allocation of funds for agriculture and rural development and for financial assistance to farmers. Policies and programs are designed to bridge the gap between the rural and urban population, added the Lieutenant Governor.
Speaking about the mesmerizing offbeat destinations in Jammu Division which are still largely unexplored, the Lieutenant Governor said there is a need for informed citizens to help develop sustainable tourism in collaboration with the administration to harness the potential of these areas.
The Lieutenant Governor also shared Radhika Mahajan of Jammu’s suggestion on the transformative effects of Blockchain technology in the travel industry and the need to incorporate emerging Blockchain technology in the field of tourism and hospitality. He led the tourism and IT departments to work on evaluating its use in UT.
Responding to Amir Hussain of Doda who referred to the positive impact of the Ladli Beti program at J&K and suggested expanding the coverage of the program district-wide, the Lieutenant Governor said that the administration of the UT is committed to 100% saturating Department of Social Welfare programs. and efforts are also being made to deliver all services digitally, adding that so far more than 1 million beneficiaries have received Rs 150 crore directly into their accounts.
Appreciating the suggestion of Saima Mushtaq from Srinagar to hold more exhibitions to promote the art and tradition of “Kashmir handicrafts” such as shawl, carpet weaving, papier-mâché work, needlework chain, wood carving and stone carving, etc., the Lieutenant Governor said that continued efforts are being made to provide institutional support and the participation of local artisans in exhibitions held in the country and abroad.
The Lieutenant Governor pointed out that under the “Karkhandar” program launched two years ago, 26 factory units have already been set up so that young children and girls can join this sector. Crafting clusters are also being created with the help of Khadi and Village Industries who are working smoothly in designing, marketing and skill upgrading, he added.
Referring to the suggestion of Khan Aatif Abdullah of Kupwara who wrote that best water conservation practices should be well promoted with the help of volunteers, PRI and other government institutions, the Lieutenant Governor instructed Jal-Shakti and all district administrations to lead a special IEC campaign so that practices such as water collection pits, rooftop rainwater harvesting structures, desilting and reuse are widely adopted.
The Lieutenant Governor also commended representatives of the public, relevant departments, ordinary citizens and institutions of Panchayati Raj for constructing and rejuvenating Amrit Sarovars in record time in UT. Faisal Aijaz from Srinagar highlighted the need to raise awareness of digital initiatives in education. by Block Diwas, Jan Abhiyan and other mass media, who were assured by the Lieutenant Governor that the necessary instructions on this matter would be passed on to the relevant departments.
On the valuable suggestion of Pratibha Sharma of Jammu for the establishment of an institutional mechanism to involve nationally or internationally known sportsmen for regular direct interaction with aspirants and young sports talents in educational institutions, the Lieutenant Governor announced the decision to set up a panel of 25 eminent players each for the two divisions of Jammu and Kashmir. The school and higher education department will jointly prepare a schedule of interactions with children that will motivate the future generation to perform better, he added.
The Lieutenant Governor also conveyed Diwali greetings in advance and urged all to kindle the light of mutual love and brotherhood that would create a new dawn of unity in UT.