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J&K is spiritually rich: Smt. Priya Sethi

Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Culture, Tourism, Department of Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks, Smt. Priya Sethi today said that Jammu and Kashmir is a culturally and spiritually rich state where several religious places including that of Sufi saints are thronged by people of all faiths.

State BJP Vice President Yudhvir Sethi, Distt President BJP, Jammu Baldev Singh Baloria, Gen. Secy BJP Distt Jammu Vinay Gupta, Distt VP, Anil Masoom along with others were present on the occasion

She was speaking while interacting with local residents of Talab Khatikan wherein Mufti Inaiyatullah ,Imam Markazi Jamia Masjid Jammu, Haji Gulam Hussain, President Jamia Masjid Committee Jammu,(JMC), Md. Yousuf Malik, Gen, Secy. Jamia Masjid Committee, Arshad Hamid,Vice President,Jamia Masjid Committee, Md.Yousuf Chandial, Cashier, Jamia Masjid Committee, President Muslim Youth Jammu (MYJ)Jahangir Ahmed Bhat,Cashier MYJ, Imran Malik, VP-MYJ, Nasir wani,Gen. Secy MYJ, Rahail Malik and others were present.

Priya Sethi also visited Jama Masjid Talab Khatikan where construction work is going on and took stock of projects/blocks which were assured to be taken up by various agencies by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Priya Sethi reiterating Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s commitment for construction of Bathroom and Wudu Khana in the premises of the Mosque and also instructed the concerned officers to include the prestigious project under Phase 2 of PMDP. The minister also asked officials to ensure availability of better facilities in and outside premises of Jama Masjid.

Showing concern over the non availability of ramp for aged and disabled persons, the Minister directed to add the proposal of construction of ramp in DPR. This she said should have proper gradient and supported by railings so that people could ascend conveniently.

Priya Sethi said that once contracted this Masjid Sharief will enable more than 12000 people to offer namaz in about 73966 sft area. One Minar, two number lifts, shopping complex and ample Parking space are also being constructed here. Tourism Department has also sanctioned Rs 30 lakh for the construction of Minar in the Masjid, she added.

Government is determined to tap every aspect of tourism in State with special focus on developing the places of spiritual and religious importance to meet the aspirations of people, the Minister stated this during her visit to Jama Masjid Talab khatikan here today.

Director Tourism Jammu, Smita Sethi, Health Officer JMC Dr Anita Salgotra, XEN Tourism Pradeep Sharma and concerned AEEs & JE’s of Tourism & JMC were also present on the occasion.