Focus of J&K Admin On Empowering Youth: LG Manoj Sinha

| Updated : April 10, 2022, 1:05 pm
Updated : April 10, 2022, 1:05 pm

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BARAMULLA: The Jammu and Kashmir administration is committed to addressing all issues pertaining to the youth in order to empower them, said Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and cautioned parents against extremist elements.

Addressing a programme in Pattan area here to celebrate the successful fructification of the “Personality Development Programme” popularly known as ‘Sahi Rasta’, Sinha said continuous efforts were being undertaken to provide all possible opportunities to the youth of the Union Territory under various government schemes.

The LG emphasised the concept of ‘Kashmiriyat’ that celebrates unity in diversity and called upon common people to ponder upon why Jammu and Kashmir lagged behind in terms of development since Independence.

He said that the UT administration stood for progress, transparency, and the obligation to make J&K one of the most developed regions of the country.

Stressing that propaganda run by anti-national elements leads to the suffering of the common man, he said while the children of propagandists were studying abroad, the children of the common man were pushed towards violence and extremism.

Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen DP Pandey, GOC of Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, said that the security forces operating in Kashmir were hopeful that more and more terrorists would opt for surrender instead of living a life of violence and pain.

Calling perpetrators of extremism and terrorism in the Valley “conflict entrepreneurs”, Pandey said that the people who spread propaganda benefit from the misfortune that they inflict on the youth of the country.

The aim of the ‘Sahi Rasta’ initiative is to address the cognitive minds of the vulnerable youth through the approach of Kashmiriyat which, as a principle, has always stood for peace and prosperity as an alternative to terrorism and the cycle of violence.

“The vision of Governor Manoj Sinha is to bring back the glory to the region and achieve the dream of ‘Naya Kashmir’ by ‘breaking the cycle of violence’. So far, 100 youth have participated in various batches of this program, wherein they are taught lessons about the history and ethos of Kashmir,” the administration said in a release.

Various experts/mentors guided and interacted with the youth during this programme.

LG Sinha, while applauding the joint efforts of civil administration, the police, and the Indian Army in making the initiative a success, said that his administration will endeavor to increase the scope of the programme, so that more and more youths can be included in the initiative.

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