Srinagar: Republic Day was joyously celebrated across Kashmir, with various events taking place at district headquarters amid stringent security measures. The focal event unfolded at Srinagar’s Bakshi Stadium, where Lieutenant Governor Rajesh Rai Bhatnagar’s adviser, presided as the chief guest.
Despite the chilly weather, contingents from the police, CRPF, SSB, NCC, and school children participated in the march past, with Bhatnagar acknowledging the salute. Post-parade, artists from different parts of the union territory showcased their talents at the cultural event.
During his address, Bhatnagar highlighted the administration’s efforts to propel Jammu and Kashmir towards comprehensive development. He mentioned a notable increase in tourist footfall, reaching 2.11 crore in 2023 from 1.88 crore in 2022. Additionally, Bhatnagar disclosed that over 31,000 vacancies had been referred to recruitment agencies, including PSC and SSRB.
The adviser paid homage to the sacrifices of security forces and expressed gratitude to the paramilitary and police for their role in maintaining internal security. Notably, the city displayed a relaxed atmosphere, with fewer check posts regulating traffic and no use of concertina wires to block intersections.
Unlike past practices, mobile internet services remained uninterrupted, deviating from the standard security protocol implemented since the 2005 IED blast near the Independence Day venue. District headquarters also hosted various functions, with deputy commissioners overseeing the proceedings.