Governor N.N. Vohra and Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady, participated in the Yusmarg Festival organised by the Chinar Corps of the Army at Yusmarg. The festival was inaugurated with release of Doves and balloons by the Governor and other dignitaries.
Welcoming the participants at the Festival, Governor observed that such occasions provide a joyous opportunity for the youth and their parents to get and enjoy the varied entertaining activities. He congratulated the Chinar Corps for providing a day long outing not only to the students of the Army Goodwill School, Balapur but to nearly a thousand boy and girl students from various schools in Budgam district.
Appreciating the natural beauty of Yusmarg which is endowed with lush green surroundings and a beautiful meadow, Governor prayed for the restoration of a sustained peaceful environment which will enable the youth to prove their potential in every arena of life.
Governor and First Lady complimented the students who presented several attractive programmes and very impressive martial skills. Governor emphasised the importance of youth being groomed to emerge as future leaders and thanked the Chinar Corps, particularly Major General Raju, GOC Victor Force, and all officers of 44 Sector for organising such a gala youth festival.
In the context of boosting tourism through organisation of such Festivals, Governor suggested to Sh. Mohd. Harun Malik, Deputy Commissioner Budgam and Sh. Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Chief Executive Officer of Yusmarg Development Authority to examine that no construction activity was allowed which did not confirm to the approved Master Plan and harmonised with the local scenic beauty.
A scintillating cultural programme comprising Kashmiri and Punjabi dances, Pahari song and SQAY martial art was presented by the SQAY martial arts team from Shopia.
Governor and First Lady visited the stalls put up by the Army and the civil departments and interacted with the visitors.
Major General B.S. Raju, GOC, CIF (V) presented the Welcome address while Lt Gen. J.S. Sandhu, GOC 15 Corps gave a Vote of Thanks.
Mohammad Harun Malik, Deputy Commissioner Budgam and Tejinder Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police Budgam and other senior civil and Police officers were present on the occasion.