Jammu, Dec 31: J&K Finance Minister Dr Haseeb A Drabu today unveiled the J&K Bank Calendar – 2018 themed “Half-Hidden Heaven” in presence of the bank’s Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmedamid a huge round of applause at jam-packed hall here at the Zonal Office, Jammu (central).
He also unveiled the Bank’s diary 2018. The calendar is a tribute to the natural beauty of state of Jammu and Kashmir, which still remains hidden from the common eye.
Executive Presidents, S. S. Sehgal & Vagish Chander, were also present on the dice. Besides, Senior President, Presidents, Vice-Presidents and other bank officials were present on the unveiling ceremony.
On the occasion, Dr Drabu also presented cheques and mementos to the photographers whose pictures were selected for the calendar-2018 after following a due process culminating solely into the jury’s decision.
The eight photographers Masood Bhat, Sajad Arif, Faheem Qadri, Mukhtar Ahmad, Adil Shah, Satish Sharma, Endee Rampal and Robert Huber were given the cheques worth Rs 21000 for each picture. Masood Hussain, Suman Gupta and Ashok Dilwali – professional experts in the field – were the judges in the selection process.
In his remarks, Finance Minister said, “In terms of generating hype and intensifying the people’s anticipation for it, J&K Bank Calendar emerges the winner every time. The theme is worthy and the treatment is equally good. I would like the corporate communication department of the bank to trace the historical perspective of the Bank’s Wall Calendar since its inception so that masses come to know its legacy.”
Notably, It was Dr Drabu as chairman and CEO of the bank who transformed the presentation of the Wall Calendar by making it socially relevant. He turned it into a social intervention tool and promoted state’s arts and crafts, heritage etc.
Earlier, Chairman Parvez Ahmed while welcoming the Finance Minister and other dignitaries to the launching ceremony of Calendar said, “It is a moment of delight for us here to witness the launch of calendar at the hands of Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu. In fact, it is Dr Drabu himself who started the theme based calendar during his tenure as the Chairman and CEO of the bank.”
“This calendar is a humble attempt to honour the blissful-delight our home state abodes, and invites to”, Chairman remarked.
ParvezAhmed, while speaking on the occasion said, “Printing of Wall Calendar and diary though being a decades old tradition, got better with its essence only during the time when Dr Drabu waschairman of the bank.”