At Ganderbal, Minister of State for Health, Medical Education, Social Welfare, Housing and Urban Development, Asiea Naqash unfurled the Tricolor at Madre-Meherban Stadium Ganderbal. The Minister took salute over the march past presented by District Police Ganderbal, JKAP-8th BN, PTS Manigam, IRP-8th BN, CRPF-118 BN, Home Guards, SPOs and school children. Cultural programmes were also presented on the occasion. MLA Ganderbal, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Dr. Piyush Singla, SSP Ganderbal, Mr. Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Army Officers, District Officers, and citizens participated in the function.At Bandipora, the main function was held at S K Sports Stadium, Bandipora where Minister for Youth Services & Sports, Technical Education and IT, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari unfurled the National Flag and took the salute at the march past, presented by the contingents of JKP, JKAP, IRP, CRPF, Fire & Emergency Services, NCC cadets and School Children . Addressing the function, the Minister gave the historical background of the Republic Day and said that the best way of celebration is to ensure sustainable peace and development in the State, for which he sought peoples' cooperation.
Referring to the developmental scenario of the district, the Minister said that the government headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is committed to the overall development of the State, including district Bandipora. He said during current financial year 22 development projects, including 12 roads, eight water supply schemes and two bridges have been completed, besides,724 Rural Development works generating 1.90 lakh man-days of work were also completed, while as 125-kilometre road length was macadamized in the district during the year. The Minister said that various mega projects including District Hospital are nearing completion which would be commissioned during this year. On the occasion, various cultural programmes were presented by school children. Later, the Minister gave away the prizes to contingents and students who performed best in the parade and cultural programme. The awards were also given to students for their outstanding performance in the academics during the year.Similar functions were held at Gurez and Sonawari subdivisions also. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate Gurez S.D Bali hoisted the tricolour at Gurez while as Tehsildar Sumbal unfurled the National Flag at Sumbal Sonawari.