G20 tourism working group meeting a historic opportunity for J&K: LG Sinha

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said that G20’s 3rd tourism working group meeting in Srinagar is a historic opportunity for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the monthly “Awaam Ki Awaaz” Radio programme, the LG said that “G20’s 3rd tourism working group meeting starting from May 22 is a historic opportunity for 13 million citizens of J&K to showcase priceless culture, heritage, tourism and warm hospitality”.

He called upon the citizens of J&K for their active support and contribution in the successful conduct of the G20 event.

“All the citizens should come forward and be a part of this memorable event,” the Lt Governor said.

The G20 members represent around 85 percent of the global GDP, over 75 percent of the global trade, and more than 60 percent of the world population.

“Such gathering will provide a huge boost to the shared vision of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam globally and accelerate socio-economic development of Jammu Kashmir”, Lt Governor added.

“It is our resolve to build a new Atmanirbhar Jammu Kashmir in this Amrit Kaal. This historic occasion of the G20 meeting will inspire the generations and infuse new enthusiasm, new confidence in the society to build future Jammu Kashmir”, he added.

Sharing the inspirational example of government-public partnership in development, the Lt Governor appreciated the District administration Bandipora, residents & Pune-based civil society group for their unique initiative to transform Aragam village situated on the banks of Wular Lake.

Aragam will soon be converted into the country’s largest Book Village with the active participation of the local community. Apart from books in 6 different languages, old manuscripts and paintings will also be available in the libraries, which will introduce tourists to the ancient history and folk culture of J&K, he added.

The Lt Governor congratulated the farmers of Sagam village, Anantnag for reviving Mushkbudji, the heritage crop, known for its aroma. The efforts of Sagam Mushk Budji Farmers Producer Company will provide a new fillip to the farming of one of the most cherished and valued products of J&K, he said.

The Lt Governor shared the success stories of Neelam Rani & Gowhar Jabeena, the women entrepreneurs from Kathua & Anantnag, and Rohit Salaria, a young entrepreneur from Udhampur.

Gowhar Jabeena of Anantnag has established ‘Green Posh Nursery Unit’, the first Kiwi nursery in Kashmir Division. Her achievements in this unexplored sector are inspiring the locals and budding entrepreneurs, the Lt Governor added.


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