Srinagar, Jan 27: The Income Tax Department in Jammu & Kashmir celebrated the 75th Republic Day with joy and patriotic spirit.
A statement said that all the income tax offices were illuminated and decorated with flowers on the eve of Republic Day. In Jammu, the tricolour was unfurled by Baljeet Kaur Commissioner of Income Tax in the presence of Rahul Padha, Joint Commissioner. Ruveda Salam, Dy. Commissioner and Dalip Bhatt, Zonal Accounts Officer. IncomeTax Officers Parvesh Khajuria, Dharmender Gupta, Vikas Kumar, Rajesh Kaul, AneetaThussu, P.S.Jamwal, DurgaKaul, Romesh Sharma, Ajay Kumar Rana, Vinod Kumar and other officials were also present on the occasion along with CISF personnel who offered guard of honour.
In Srinagar, the 75th Republic Day was celebrated at AakyarBhawan, Rajbagh, Srinagar with pride and reverence. The department dedicated this year’s Republic Day to honour war heroes and their dependents of Kashmir valley who made supreme sacrifices for the country.
The Republic Day celebrations began by welcoming the chief guest M.P. Singh, IRS, Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, J&K and Ladakh and by giving him a ceremonial Guard of Honour by CRPF personnel followed by unfurling of the National Flag and National Anthem.
The event was graced by other officers of the department including Shakil Ahmad Ganie (Dy. Commissioner of Income Tax), Syed Junaid (Dy. Commissioner of Income Tax), Income Tax Officers namely Karamvir, Maisee Meena, Sumit Kumar, Ankit Dhaka, AO Chesfeeda Bano alongwith staff of the department.
In the true spirit of the occasion, to show gratitude to our committed war heroes, the Income Tax Department invited the veer naris, war veterans & next of kin of martyred soldiers as special guests for the occasion. Prominent local businessmen Surjeet Singh & Inderjeet Singh, owners of Peaks Auto Pvt. Ltd. were also invited to attend the event.
Karamvir started the proceedings by briefly introducing the historical significance of this day and how the drafting committee of our constitution headed by Dr Bhim RaoAmbedkardrafted the lengthiest written constitution in the world. Later, Shakil Ahmad Ganiel welcomed the war heroes and their family members for gracing the event with their motivating presence.
As a token of respect and gratitude, Chief Guest M.P Singh along with Surjeet Singh and Inderjeet Singh felicitated the war widows and war veterans and disbursed Induction heaters to all of them.
A two-minute silence was also observed to remember the supreme sacrifices made by the brave soldiers in the line of duty and to safeguard our country. Later, Singh in his address highlighted the legacy of Republic Day and asked all officers, staff and others present on the occasion to rededicate themselves to making India a strong democracy committed to the values of justice, equality and liberty. He emphasised that celebrating Republic Day reminds us of the struggles and sacrifices made to achieve independence and that as citizens of the largest democracy in the world, it is incumbent on us to nurture our democracy and ensure that the coming generations also enjoy the freedom of living in a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic, the statement said.