JAMMU: The 70th Birth Anniversary of Late Prime Minister Sh. Rajeev Gandhi was celebrated at Akhnoor, Thousands of Youth participated in the ‘Sadbhavana’ procession.
Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion.
Paying floral tributes to late Prime Minister, the Minister said that Rajiv Gandhi was visionary leader of 21th century who bring about technological and IT revolution in India.
“It was during his tenure as Prime Minister that the foundation of Information Technology sector was laid in the country. Today India is major contributor in IT sector with a huge army of IT professionals world over” Sham said. He exhorted upon the youth to strive for achieving excellence in fields like IT which has huge demand in the world job market.
Recalling the supreme sacrifice of the Late Prime Minister, the Minister described him as the real Indian who laid his life for unity and integrity of nation.
“The sacrifices of such great leaders have laid a strong edifice of secularism and socialism in the country due to which we are taking breath in a free and fearless atmosphere today” he said.
He called upon the people for self introspection to see that what they have contributed towards the development of nation and protect its sovereignty and integrity .
Calling upon youth to be partners in the nation building, Mr Sham said that government was doing everything to create a congenial atmosphere where every individual could progress and achieve excellence.
Asking the youth to work hard to achieve success, the Minister said that there was no alternative for hard work as it only pays in the long run. He said that education is the only tool, which can change the socio-economic profile of an individual and the society and asked the youth to devote themselves for achieving their goals.
“The government has done everything to explore all possibility to create jobs in government department as well as public sector but the educated youth should also come forward to set up their income generating self employment units to earn their livelihood with dignity and honor and contribute in the State’s economy” he said . He also asked the youth to imbibe ethics and moral values in themselves to become good citizens.