Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla chaired a program organized at Raj Bhawan on the occasion of the 23rd Foundation Day of Uttarakhand state here today. The Governor said that such events were being organised at the Raj Bhawan on the foundation day of all the states under the 'Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat' program launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that the aim was to increase the feeling of mutual love and harmony among the people of the all the states of country.
The governor said that Himachal and Uttarakhand are termed as the land of heroes. Uttarakhand has the distinction of having the highest number of citizens serving as officers in the Indian Army for the last 10 years. Uttarakhand has also emerged as an important destination for investment in tourism, manufacturing industry and infrastructure.
He said that Uttarakhand have abundance of natural beauty. It also treasures the valuable flora and fauna and rare animals and endangered species. There is a constant flow of tourists in Uttarakhand from India and abroad throughout the year.
This state is also famous for religious tourism and devotees from every province of the country go for Char Dham Yatra to visit Shri Badrinath, Shri Kedar Nath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, the governor added.He further stated the diverse culture, languages, festivals, lifestyle and food habits unify the country.
On the occasion, the Governor also honored the residents of Uttarakhand living in Shimla.The students of Government Senior Secondary School, Portmore presented colourful cultural programme. The Governor announced Rs 31,000 to the girl students for the folk dance presentation.
Lady Governor Janaki Shukla also presented an amount of Rs 1,000 each to all the girl students who took part in cultural performance.A video message of Uttarakhand Governor Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh and a short film made by Raj Bhawan on the state of Uttarakhand was also displayed .Secretary to the Governor Rajesh Sharma, people of Uttarakhand and other dignitaries were present at the occasion.