DODA, AUGUST 15- The 69th Independence day was today celebrated with patriotic fervor and zeal at Doda, where Minister for Science and Technology and Animal Husbandry, Sajad Gani Lone unfurled the national flag, inspected the guard of honour and took salute at the march past, in which contingents of CRPF, J&K Police, IR 5th Bn, NCC, FPF and school children participated.
Paying rich tributes to the freedom fighters, the Minister said that the nation owes gratitude to these great leaders, who sacrificed their lives to secure freedom for the country.
Affirming that India is known for its unity amidst diversity of religion, region and culture, he said despite these diversities we all should strive hard to maintain communal harmony and take every possible step to ensure that the benefits of the development works percolate down to each and every strata of society.
Highlighting the major ongoing and completed developmental projects in Doda, he said under PMGSY, huge road network has been created in the district. Under this scheme, out of 98 sanctioned road projects, work on 75 roads is going on which has resulted in construction of 469 km road legth in the District. Expressing happiness on the increase of road connectivity percentage from 5 percent to 52 percent during the period 2002 to 2015, he said the Government of India has recently also sanctioned vital road projects like Doda-Lal Draman, Bharat-Keshwan and Doda-Ghat roads to be constructed under CRF.
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