CM visits NCC’s Special National Integration Camp

Urging the State’s youth to rise above the rubble and become a part of the movement for peace and change, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has said the young generation should become a potent voice to denounce violence which has only brought miseries to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Violence has no religion and it just consumes everybody. I urge J&K’s youth to come forward and help us in making peace a reality in the State and ending the miseries of the people,” the Chief Minister said while addressing the participants of the Special National Integration Camp-2016 organised by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) at JAK-LI Regimental Centre, here last evening. “It was a very heart-rending day for me as immediately on my arrival here from Jammu this morning, I had to lay the ceremonial wreath on the mortal remains of the three BSF personnel killed in a dastardly militant attack near Bijbehara on Friday and then came this terrible news that two policemen ASI Bashir Ahmad of Laktipora, Aishmuqam and Constable Riyaz Ahmad of Utrasoo, Shangus were killed in similar circumstances at Anantnag,” she said.
“We have to ponder over the gory saga of death and destruction being perpetuated in most of the Muslim countries around the world including neighbouring Afghanistan and Pakistan where even schools and hospitals are not spared by the perpetrators of violence,” Mehbooba said. She also added that the Kashmir’s young population has suffered immensely due to the conflict and our youth now need to connect with the larger world outside to grab the opportunities available to their counterparts elsewhere.Mehbooba said in all efforts and initiatives, youth remain both the delicate and strategic assets. “Delicate because they are prone and susceptible to all sorts of influences both good and bad. Strategic assets because they constitute our future, and equally they are also very influential and energetic,” she said.
Lauding the role of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for bringing the youth from across the country together to instil a sense of social cohesion among them, the Chief Minister appreciated its commitment in grooming of Future Leaders of the country. The Chief Minister complemented the cadets on the various accomplishments at international and national level and for highlighting environmental and social issues. She stressed the importance of organising such camps which help in understanding the vastness of the country’s rich culture, heritage and multiple languages.
She urged the NCC cadets from various a states, attending the camp, to visit different parts of Kashmir to see its beauty and cherish the hospitality of its people. “And once they return to their native places they can become the real goodwill ambassadors for the State,” she said.Around 400 NCC Cadets and staff representing all states and union territories of the country are participating in the Special National Integration camp. The Chief Minister, on her arrival at the camp was received by Maj Gen SS Jakhar, Additional Director General NCC J&K under whose aegis the Special National Integration Camp is being conducted. The CM was presented a Guard of Honour by NCC Cadets comprising young boys and girls.
In his welcome address Maj Gen SS Jakhar informed the audience about the accomplishment of the NCC cadets from J&K, especially the girls. He said four NCC girl cadets from Ladakh recently scaled the Mount Everest and several NCC cadets have joined the Army as Commissioned Officers.

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