SRINAGAR, June 7: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the recent developments in the State in terms of suspension of security operations by the Centre has provided a conducive atmosphere to the local youth in which they would love to nurture their creativities and display their talent. She said it has brought an attitudinal change among the youth who now see an opportunity for fulfilling their aspirations.
The Chief Minister said this while attending a Sports Conclave organized by the J&K State Sports Council in which Rajnath felicitated many sporting stars from the State.
Mehbooba said the positivity generated by these developments in the State needs to be sustained and taken forward so that the youth who have felt the suffocation of violence of past three decades or so are provided a congenial atmosphere in which they can fulfill their dreams and realize their aspirations.
The Chief Minister said she has all along maintained that youth of the State hold a promise as they are full of talent but that potential only needs to be honed and provided with an opportunity to display.
Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the Chief Minister felicitated cricketing stars, Parvez Rasool and Manzoor Ahmad, ace footballer, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, gymnasts, Palak Kour and Bavleen Kour, kickboxer, Tajamul Islam, wushu players, T. Angmo and Rajinder Singh besides members of Real Kashmir Football Club.
Minister of State in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba; Minister for Finance, Syed Altaf Bukhari and Secretary, Sports Council, Waheed u Rehman Parra were present on the occasion.
In all around 3000 youth from across Kashmir valley attended today’s Sports Conclave.
Chief Secretary, B B Vyas, Director General of Police, Dr S P Vaid; Principal Secretary, Home, R K Goyal; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal and other senior civil and Police officers were also present.
Meanwhile, Rajnath had a one-on-one meeting with Mehbooba here today.
During the meeting, overall security situation in the State came up for discussion, particularly after the suspension of operations by the Central Government for the holy month of Ramadhan.
Timely completion of projects under Prime Minister’s Development Plan also came up for discussion during the meeting.
Mehbooba hosted an Iftaar here this evening.
Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh; Governor, N N Vohra; Minister of State in PMO, Dr. Jitendra Singh; Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta; Ministers; Judges of the High Court; several legislators; former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, GoC in C, Northern Command, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh; senior officers of Army, police and civil administration, besides members of the media fraternity, prominent citizens and members of civil society attended the Iftaar.
As the dusk set in, the lawns of the SKICC reverberated with thanks for the Almighty after which the participants broke their fast with dates and juices.
On the occasion, Mehbooba interacted with the guests and wished them well.
Special arrangements were made for the invitees, males and females, to offer Maghrib prayers.