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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh hosted a get- together for a group of school children from Jammu & Kashmir


Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh hosted a get- together for a group of school children from Jammu & Kashmir, who comprise the State contingent for “Khelo India Games”, currently going on at New Delhi.

In an informal interaction with children, Dr Jitendra Singh said that youth of J&K have immense unexplored talent and potential, which sometimes remains unutilized either because of lack of opportunity or lack of mentorship and grooming.

He recalled that when he was briefly holding the additional charge of union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2016, a mega Nehru Yuva Kendra festival was organised at Bhaderwah which offered a unique exposure to the local youth. During the same intervening period of additional charge, he recalled that one Sports stadium was sanctioned for each of the 22 districts of the State of Jammu & Kashmir.

He said that in changing context and current milieu, the youngsters also deserve to be provided opportunity to train and reorient themselves to the new requirements. Citing an instance, he said, the Kandi belt in Kathua district, for example, has produced great warriors in the past, but now, young boys in this region find it difficult to make a mark because of the constraints in the new existing selection process for recruitment to military and paramilitary forces.

In the Northeast, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the DoNER Ministry had introduced Venture Capital Fund for young Start-Ups wishing to set up their entrepreneurship. Similar provisions, he suggested, could also be introduced in Jammu & Kashmir. Similarly, for generating jobs for youth, he said, special impetus have been given to organic farming in Northeast with the State of Sikkim in forefront while Saree, textile and handicraft of Manipur were being promoted through “Self Help Groups” of youth and women. A similar impetus could also be exercised in Jammu & Kashmir. He also referred to the two-day Global Investors’ Summit held in Guwahati, as a result of which, leading business houses, including Tata Sons, Reliance Industries and Patanjali had, on the spot, announced huge investments with consequent job generation for North Eastern region.