Budha Amarnath Yatra symbol of communal harmony: Zulfkar


Terming Budha Amarnath Yatra as a symbol of secularism and communal harmony, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali  said  that  Peer Panchal region is a land of sufis and  saints and people in these  twin districts have always maintained the age old tradition of communal harmony and brotherhood.

The Minister said this while taking stock of the arrangements put in place for Annual Budha Amarnath ji Yatra here at Poonch today.

The Minister said that on this land of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah, Sh. Nangali Sahib and Budha Amarnath, the people have always continued the tradition of spreading communal harmony and peace.

 Appreciating the local inhabitants for extending their cooperation for arrangements of Budha Amarnath Yatra, the Minister said that such cooperation between all communities and administration is highly laudable which will act as a torch bearer for other regions also.


Earlier, District Development Commissioner Poonch who is also the Chairman of Budha Amarnath  Yatra trust  apprised the meeting that the adequate arrangements  have already  been put in place by district administration  enroute   from  Bimber Gali  to  Budha  Amarnath  for the hassle free yatra including drinking water, power supply, sanitation, medicare ,traffic, and  foolproof security arrangements for yatris.

 During the meeting, the members of Budha Amarnath samiti expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made by the district administration.

The Minister instructed Tourism department to ensure proper publicity of pilgrim tourist destinations and explore these areas for boosting pilgrimage tourism.

Later, in another meeting while reviewing developmental activities in Poonch the Minister said that government is committed for overall development of all the regions of the state. Recalling the commitment and vision  of former Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammad  Sayeed Mr Zulfkar said that  peer panjal region   will be taken forward  with same zeal,  as  he wanted to make Poonch  as the  gate way of Jammu and Kashmir.

He added that Baba Ghulam Shah Budshah University, Mughal road are the biggest gifts of Late Mufti  sahib for this region and it was the efforts of our great leader that trade was started in this part of the state. He added that this vision of Mufti sahib will be carried forward for prosperous Peer Panjal region.

Expressing satisfaction over developmental activities in Poonch Zulfkar  said that Government will appreciate those officers who will perform better and take strict action against non performing officers.

While reviewing availability of ration in Poonch, the Minister said that government is contemplating to construct high tech store for dumping ration in the district.

He further said that soon 251 FPS will be opened in Poonch district which will provide employment to the un employed youth. He also informed that  department has increased  commission for dealers to Rs.143per qtl. He pressed upon the concerned agencies to ensure proper LPG supply in poonch and appealed the people to come forward and avail benefits under Prime Minister Ujwala Yojana(PMUY).

The meeting was attended by MLA  Haveli  Shah mohammad Tantary, MLA Surankote Ch. Mohd. Akram, MLC  Yashpal  Sharma , District Administration Poonch, DIG Rajouri/ poonch, Director Food  and civil supplies, SSP Poonch, Prominent citizens and representatives of Dashnami Akhara Poonch and Budha Amarnath and Imam of Jamia Masjid Poonch Moluna Farooq Misbhai.

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