Advisor to the Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo meeting Governor N.N Vohra
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Advisor to the Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo and Regional Director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) J&K and Director Natrang, Balwant Thakur met Governor N.N Vohra here on Tuesday.
Prof. Mattoo briefed Governor about the initiatives underway, on various fronts, for advancing the interests of the people and the State of J&K.
Governor discussed with Prof. Mattoo the need for well planned efforts being made to nurture and advance the aspirations of youth and stressed the crucial importance of safeguarding the functioning of educational institutions at all levels and ensuring against the academic careers of students being wasted by unrest and disorder.
Governor also re-iterated the need for the Kashmir and Jammu Universities providing strong sustained support to enable the Kashmir and Jammu Cluster Universities to establish themselves. Interalia, there must be common examination and marking standards to ensure against dilution and deviation of standards, which will be extremely harmful to the cause of higher education.
Regional Director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) J&K and Director Natrang, Balwant Thakur meeting Governor N.N Vohra
Balwant Thakur apprised the Governor about the recent activities undertaken by the ICCR Regional Branch Jammu and the dramatic performances staged by the Natrang Group with a particular focus on the preservation and promotion of the traditional art forms of the Jammu region.
Complimenting Thakur for his continuing contribution towards strengthening theatre activities in the State, Governor pointed to the usefulness of enlarging the performance of street plays which disseminate powerful social messages and highlight the problems of the common masses.
Meanwhile, a joint delegation of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Hotel and Restaurant Association of Katra led by Anil Khaitan, National President PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, met the Governor and apprised him about their views about the steps needed to be taken to promote tourism in J&K.
The delegation suggested wide publicity to potential tourist places in and around Katra, enhanced participation in trade fairs, larger scale celebration of festivals like navratras, constructing Ghats at Banganga and enhanced health care facilities.
Governor expressed concern over the issues of cleanliness and sanitation in Katra town and observed that the owners of the very large number of hotels in Katra and all other stakeholders should collectively get involved with effective garbage collection, garbage disposal, solid waste management and Sewerage treatment as such responsibility shall contribute towards Katra being developed as a model town.
The delegation comprised Rakesh Wazir, President Hotel and Restaurant Association of Katra, Shyam Lal Kesar, Chairman, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Katra, Sardari Lal Dubey, Board Member Shiv Khori Shrine Board, Kuldeep Gupta, Co-Chairman PHDCCI, Jammu, Kuldeep Dubey, General Secretary, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Katra, Ratandeep Anand, Executive Member PHDCCI and Aditya Vaid, Regional Officer, PHDCCI, Jammu region.
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