SRINAGAR: During her first visit to Jammu and Kashmir, President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday said that India is proud of “the responsible youth of Kashmir” and noted that a new era of peace, progress, and prosperity has set in.
Addressing the 20th convocation of Kashmir University, President Murmu was happy to note that 55 per cent of students at the university were girls, who she said, present the picture of our country and its destiny.
Flash : President Droupadi Murmu attended a civic reception hosted in her honour at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.
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“The women and girls are ready to play a bigger role in the leadership of the country… The ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Act’ 2023 would prove to be a revolutionary step towards women-led development in our country,” she told the audience.
She encouraged the university students to actively participate in social service along with their studies in order to usher in social change and set an example.
In her address, President Murmu emphasised on sustainable development, citing a saying which means ‘there will be food only as long as there are forests’. Stressing that preserving “this paradise on Earth” is a shared responsibility, she urged Kashmir University to be alert in preserving the Himalayan ecosystem.
The President was welcomed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha upon her arrival at Srinagar airport for a two-day visit. She headed straight to Chinar War Memorial in Badamibagh Army Cantonment where she laid a wreath to pay tributes to the soldiers who made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.
Later she interacted with members of women self help groups and local tribal groups at Raj Bhawan.
In the evening, J&K LG Manoj Sinha hosted a reception in her honour at Raj Bhawan, Srinagar. On this occasion, the President thanked the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the warm welcome on her first visit as the President of India.
“Today’s Kashmir is taking a new turn following its heritage. A new era of progress, peace and prosperity has begun. There has been a massive change in infrastructure development, e-governance, healthcare, housing, women empowerment, tribal outreach and inclusive development. She was happy to note that a record 1.7 crore tourists had visited J&K till September this year,” she said.
In his address, LG Sinha said: “The President’s life has been inspirational. She has devoted her life to empowering deprived sections of society & socio-economic empowerment of women, providing them confidence, sense of self-esteem. Her vision & ideals will continue to guide the world’s largest democracy.”
On Thursday, the President will visit Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine where she will inaugurate a remodelled Parvati Bhavan and skywalk.