During his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, Amit Shah, inaugurated the construction of the ‘Balidan Stambh’ at Pratap Park in Srinagar. This memorial stands as a lasting symbol of bravery. Furthermore, he met with the families of the Jammu and Kashmir Police martyrs and presented them with appointment letters as a gesture of honor and solidarity.
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- The ‘Balidaan Stambh’ project, which is a part of the Srinagar Smart City initiative, serves as a tribute to the courageous martyrs who made supreme sacrifices for the nation.
- This memorial aims to inspire patriotism among the youth and immortalize the memory of these brave individuals.
- During the inauguration, several dignitaries were present, including Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi, Union Home Secretary, and Secretary of the Ministry of Culture. Their presence added significance to the occasion and underscored the importance of honoring and remembering the sacrifices of our martyrs.
- As part of his visit, Amit Shah made a special visit to Karan Mahal, the former residence of Karan Singh, the last Yuvraj of Jammu and Kashmir.
- He also had the opportunity to meet a select group of individuals at the Police Golf Course, which provides a picturesque view of Dal Lake, before heading back to Delhi.
- During his visit, Shah also laid the foundation stone for the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) and distributed Golden Health cards to beneficiaries.
- Additionally, he met with the family members of the victims of the Rajouri terror attack, offering his condolences and support.
About the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (UT of J&K) was formed on 31 October 2019, as a result of the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India. Article 370 granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, which allowed it to have its own constitution, flag, and a separate set of laws.
- The UT of J&K consists of two divisions: Jammu Division and Kashmir Division, and is further divided into 20 districts.
- The capital of the UT is Srinagar and Jammu.
- The UT of Jammu and Kashmir is governed by a Lieutenant Governor (LG), who is appointed by the President of India.
- The UT of J&K is home to a diverse population of over 12 million people, including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Christians.
- The official languages of the UT are Hindi and Urdu.
- The UT of J&K is a major tourist destination, known for its stunning natural beauty, including the Himalayas, the Kashmir Valley, and the Dal Lake.
- The UT is also home to a number of historical and religious sites, such as the Mata Vaishno Devi Cave, Amarnath cave, the Hazratbal shrine, and the Shankaracharya temple.
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When did J&K become a Union Territory?
The UT of J&K was formed on 31 October 2019, as a result of the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India.
How many districts are there in UT of J&K?
There are 20 districts in the UT of J&K.