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  • Writer's pictureLt. Gen. (Retd.) Gurmit Singh

Weekly Highlights: Technological Advancements, Cultural Celebrations, and Agricultural Progress in Uttarakhand

The week began with the presentation of the "Chardham Yatra Dashboard," prepared by ITDA and operated under the Department of Information Technology, through a virtual medium. This state-of-the-art dashboard integrates crucial data from nine major departments, including Health, Animal Husbandry, Tourism, Disaster Management, UCADA, Regional Transport Office, Police, Public Works, and Garhwal Mandal Development Corporation Limited. It aims to streamline the Yatra's operations and ensure smooth travel for pilgrims visiting Devbhoomi.

On Goa State Foundation Day, residents of Goa residing in Uttarakhand gathered at Circuit House, Kathgodam. Goa, despite being India's smallest state, is renowned for its distinctive beaches, breathtaking natural scenery, and rich cultural diversity, making it a standout tourist destination. Celebrating state foundation days showcases India's unity in diversity and fosters a sense of familial connection among all.

A visit to Govind Ballabh Pant Agricultural and Technology University with Hon'ble Vice President Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar ji included inspecting agricultural product stalls and visiting the Agricultural Museum. This university has played a pivotal role in the Green Revolution, making the country self-sufficient in food production and a leading exporter of agricultural produce. As a central hub for Indian agricultural education and research, the university's commitment to excellence is commendable.

Mid week, the "Honey Utsav" was organized with great enthusiasm, and progressive beekeepers were honoured with mementos. Uttarakhand is blessed with immense potential in beekeeping, which can significantly contribute to the economy. The unique medicinal properties of honey produced here are well-known. Increasing honey production could revolutionize the local economy. G.B. Pant University is encouraged to support enhancing honey productivity through research and technology, moving away from traditional beekeeping methods. The university should also assist farmers in packaging, marketing, and adding value to honey. The research under the "One University One Research" initiative is expected to yield positive results.

Telangana State Foundation Day was celebrated at Raj Bhawan, Nainital, with interactions involving students from Telangana studying at GB Pant Agricultural and Technology University, Pantnagar. Recounting my military service in Telangana, where three years were spent, was interesting for the students to hear. Telangana's rich forests, wildlife, and cultural heritage enhance its unique identity and attractiveness to tourists. Additionally, advancements in agriculture, technology, and cybersecurity make it a model for the nation. Events like this highlight the 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat' initiative, fostering cultural interaction between states and building a prosperous and unique nation.

The week concluded with the cultural evening "Lokmati Ke Rang" at Raj Bhawan, Nainital, where artists from the Culture Department presented captivating programs and folk dances. Congratulations were extended to all the teams for keeping their heritage and identity alive through folk songs, music, folk dances, and other cultural activities. The culture of Uttarakhand has deep roots and is one of the richest in India, with traditional dress, folk dance, and art forms that are incomparable in heritage and traditions.

Until next week, stay happy and stay safe.

Jai Hind.

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