STATE TIMES NEWSKATRA: While speaking in a programme organised by Hotel and Restaurant Association, Katra (HRAK) and PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu Region (PHDCCI) in connection with farewell of outgoing Chief Executive Officer SMVD Shrine Board Simrandeep Singh and welcome of new CEO SMVD Shrine Board Ramesh Kumar, wherein DIG Udhampur-Reasi Range Sujit Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Reasi Indu Kanwal Chib, SSP Reasi Rashmi Wazir, Addl.DC Reasi Rajinder Sharma, Addl.CEO SMVDSB Vivek Verma, SDM Katra Ashok Kumar Choudhary, Commandant CRPF Jatinder Kumar Gupta, CEO Katra Development Authority Attar Chand, CEO SMVD Narayana Super Speciality Hospital Dr. Brig Manmohan Harjai, Zonal Head J&K Bank Sushil Sharma, Director SMVD Sports Complex Ashok Sharam,Rakesh Wazir President HRAK & Chairman PHDCCI,Shashi Gupta President Municipal Committee Katra, Virender Kesar Distt. President PHDCCI, Shiv Kumar Sharma etc. were also present. The recently joined CEO Ramesh Kumar said that the initiatives taken by earlier CEO Simrandeep Singh will be carried forward and every effort would be made to give best possible facilities to Yatris with active support and consultation of the civil society enabling the Yatra to increase further manifolds. Simrandeep Singh while speaking on the occasion said that the love, affection and support which he got from the people of Katra is really touching and further said that it is really very good to here that intention of people and Shrine Board was same and that is the best possible facilities for the Yatries and increase in Yatra and he is happy that with the support of the Civil society, he have been able to achieve some of the objectives. Rakesh Wazir while speaking on the occasion said that Hotel Association has always fought for the cause of Yatris and believe that the best possible facilities to the Yatris is the only way by which we can increase the number of Yatris and he is happy that during the tenure of Simrandeep Singh every effort was made so that Yatries may get best possible facilities and we are happy that its results too reflected on the ground and wished that if he would have got more tenure the things would have changed further on the ground and further said that initiatives taken by him including Free Langer for Yatris, Helmest to persons taking pony, new road from Katra to Charan Paduka for locals, gold cover on the main entrance of Vaishnodevi, will be remembered for ever. Sujit Kumar while appreciating the working style of Singh said that many long pending issues concerning police and public which were pending since long got cleared in his tenure and his efficient and quick decision making style make him different from rest of the world. Indu Kanwal Chib lauded the efforts of Singh and said that there was best co-ordination between him and the district administration during his tenure and which resulted in the shape of best possible results and said that hopefully it will continue further in the regime of Ramesh Kumar as well. Vivek Verma too lauded the role of Singh and spoke in detail with regard to those. The function among others was attended by Dy CEOs Arvind Karwani, Jagdish Mehra, Addl.SP Naresh Kumar, Vice President Municipal Committee, Katra, Asstt.Director Tourism Ambika Bali, Dy Administrator SMVD Narayana Hospital Gopal Sharma, Vice President Hotel association Ajay Kotwal and Ashwani Sharma.
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