Comm Secy RDD Inaugurates 3-Day Aalaav Traditional Food Festival at Umeed Women’s Haat

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 23 (KNS): Commissioner Secretary Department of Rural Development and Panchyati Raj, Mandeep Kaur today inaugurated a three-day food festival on Umeed Women’s Haat Boulevard here.

The food festival titled “Aalaav” is organized by J&K Rural Livelihood Mission in collaboration with Gian Foundation, IUST and SKUAST Kashmir.

Kashmir Divisional Commissioner, Pandurang K Pole; Mission Director National Rural Livelihoods Mission J&K, Indu Kanwal Chib; Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Aijaz Asad; SSP Srinagar Rakesh Balwal; JKRLM Kashmir Additional Mission Director Riyaz Beigh, the representative of Islamic University of Science and Technology and other concerned were also present on the occasion.

The commissioner’s secretary made the rounds of all the stalls where several traditional Kashmiri dishes were on display. The three-day food festival showcases different traditional Kashmiri dishes prepared from local vegetables and other plant species.

On the occasion, she interacted with the women from different self-help groups who informed the main guest about the health benefits and revival of these traditional Kashmiri dishes.

Speaking on the occasion, Mandeep Kaur said that the food festival is the first of its kind held in Srinagar and added that these types of initiatives have already been taken in the hand weaving sector or in other industries. ‘other traditional fields, but now women are successfully entering different services. sectors and domains. She commended JK Rural Livelihood Mission and the women associated with it for taking such initiatives for the empowerment of women.

She reiterated that over the past two to three years, JKRLM has done remarkable and unprecedented work in the area of ​​women’s empowerment through several women-centered initiatives. (KNS)

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