Rajnath to Kashmiri youth: Join path of development, not destruction

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/8/2018 10:41:40 AM

SRINAGAR, Jun 7: Union home minister Rajnath Singh today appealed the youth in Kashmir not to tread the path of destruction and suggested to them to join the process of development in a big way.
Singh said that the Centre and the state government have initiated several schemes to help Kashmiri youth secure their future.
Singh was addressing a sports function at Indoor Stadium here. Over 6000 youth and sports persons from different parts of the state attended the function. Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti also addressed the function.
Speaking at the function, the union home minister said, "I want to appeal to the youth that they should take the path of development... They should not go on the path of destruction."
He added that the centre had decided to withdraw cases against those "misled into stone pelting" as it was concerned about the future of Jammu and Kashmir's youth, union home minister.
Singh, who arrived at the state's summer capital today, is on a two-day visit to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
"We believe that children anywhere are the same. We understand that some youth were misled into stone pelting...”
"Children can make mistakes... That is why we decided to withdraw the cases against those children who were involved in stone pelting," he said.
The union home ministry late last year had ordered to withdraw cases against youths involved in stone pelting.
"There is extreme love in the heart of prime minister Narendra Modi for Jammu and Kashmir.
"It is our responsibility to provide a secure future to the youth of the state and it can be done with the power of education and miracle of sports," Singh said.
Lauding the state government for carrying out works for improving the sports infrastructure, the home minister said funds will not be a problem for promoting sports in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Funds will be provided for promotion of water sports at Mansar and Pahalgam... Funds will be arranged for development of sports infrastructure," he said.
"With the help of the Jammu and Kashmir government, we will change the face and destiny of the state," Singh said
Singh felicitated several sportsperson from the state, including Parvez Rasool, Mehrajuddin, Rajinder Singh, Manzoor Dar and Tajjammul Islam.
"The state of Jammu and Kashmir has great talent and many more such sports persons can come out of the state if the conditions are right," he said.
Singh said he was happy attending such a sports related function in Kashmir.



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