NEW DELHI, Jan 7: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that Jammu & Kashmir youth and students deserve the best and should not allow themselves to be deprived of incredible new programmes and schemes initiated by the Modi Government with a primary focus on the youth. Calling upon the J&K youth to avail of Modi Govt’s new programmes, he said, every youth of Jammu & Kashmir enjoys the same privileges and rights as any other youth in any part of the country and is also at liberty to try his luck and future in whichever part of India he finds appropriate, depending on his skill and aptitude.
Addressing a congregation of Jammu & Kashmir students in the union capital, Dr Jitendra Singh said, with 65% to 70% of country’s population below the age of 40, the India of 2017, including the Jammu & Kashmir of 2017, belongs to youth, who hold the key to the future of the State. He said, “what we elders fail to realise is that our children have grown wiser, much faster than us and therefore, they can no longer be misled or befooled by the double-speak or the tricks of the bygone years”.
Lauding the spirit and progressive thinking of the youth, Dr Jitendra Singh said, even during the last three months of turmoil in the Kashmir Valley, it was the youth there who were the saving grace because they are today awakened enough not to be misled by a handful of those who wish to exploit them with political motives. He said, the youth of Jammu & Kashmir, including that of Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Ladakh, is keen to become part of the fast- track journey of growth led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has every right to seek benefit out of it.
Referring to youth-centric initiatives of the Modi Government, Dr Jitendra Singh mentioned “Start-Up India, Stand-Up India” which provides three years’ tax holiday as well as three months’ exit period for every new Start-Up or entrepreneur. In addition, he said, if, a youth wishes to setup an entrepreneurship in North East, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region will also provide initial “Venture Fund”.
Dr Jitendra Singh exhorted the youth of Jammu & Kashmir to make best use of his services in the union capital and said he will always be there to respond to their issues. In this context, he said the number of seats under Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship have been increased and some of the related issues are being looked into. He said, it is the employability and not employment which should be the priority and recalled his interaction with some of the Jammu & Kashmir students based in Delhi who are undergoing various skill training programmes.
Noted ideologist and thinker Indresh Kumar and Administrator of the Andaman & Nicobar Farooq Khan were also present on the occasion.