Anantnag, May 21: J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Sunday remembered former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary, and recalled his “great contributions” and “selfless services and achievements” in nation building.
In a party function held at Verinag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Congress leaders and workers paid rich tributes to Rajiv Gandhi.
Former JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmad Mir chaired the function while Senior Congress Leader & AICC steering committee Member Tariq Hameed Karra, Surinder Singh Channi and others were present.
The participants highlighted the “great contributions” of the former prime minister and said the nation would continue to remain indebted to him for laying the foundation of Modern India.
Speaking on the occasion, Mir termed the departed leader an “architect of Modern India”. “Under the leadership of Rajiv Ji, the nation touched the heights in respect of development, education, self-reliance and defence taking the country to the first rank of the nations in service to the people,” he said.
Rajiv Gandhi, Mir said, “was a man of patience and development who increased sustenance for science, technology and associated industries and reduced the import quota, taxes and tariffs on technology founded industries particularly airlines, computer, telecommunication including defense ensuring that India entered into the digital world and compete with other developed countries”.
“Rajiv Gandhi’s policies and programmes were strictly meant to make India self-reliant and benefit every Indian, especially at grassroots, besides imparting education to poor, generation of employment avenues for the educated unemployed youth, lowering of voting age,” he said.
Mir said Rajiv Gandhi’s acumen and his tireless efforts to ensure equitable development of every section of the people living in the country without any discrimination shall continue to inspire the generations.
AICC Steering Committee Member Tariq Hameed Karra termed the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi as “an irreparable loss which could not be replaced by anything”. “Former Prime Minister was instrumental in transforming India into a fast-developing nation while ensuring the development of the people at grassroots by way of the gifting panchayat Raj system,” he said.
On the occasion, Karra urged the Government of India to start the process of “genuine engagement” with the “credible people of Jammu and Kashmir instead of making a mockery in the name of people's engagement”.