Those misleading youth living comfortable life in big cities: LG

LG Manoj Sinha addressing a function in downtown Srinagar on Wednesday.
LG Manoj Sinha addressing a function in downtown Srinagar on Wednesday.

Urges youngsters to contribute in nation building
Ist head of State to visit downtown in 75 yrs

Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar, Sept 7: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today urged Kashmiri youth to contribute in nation building as those who mislead them are living a comfortable life in the big cities of the country and abroad.
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While speaking at the inauguration of Ellahi Bagh Indoor Sports Stadium in Srinagar, the LG urged the youth to do something which everyone remembers.
“Opportunities in Sports come knocking if the players are receptive, determined and motivated. You get life only once, do something that everyone remembers. Change your life and contribute in nation building,” he said.
Sinha said that there is no place for the people who are misleading Kashmiri youth. “We have to restore the reputation of Shahr-e-Khas, once called the heartbeat of Kashmir. Some people with vested interest are rattled by the all-round development taking place in J&K. Efforts were also made to mislead many of our youth. The entire families of those who misled our children, are living a comfortable life in the big cities of the country and abroad while our children have suffered. There is no place for such elements in civilized society,” he said.
Congratulating the locals, especially the youth of downtown area for the new sports facility, the LG said the old city that was known for wrong reasons has evolved as a hub of sporting activities, with youngsters determined to achieve the glory in sports.
“I was told by local people that first time in 75 years any head of the State visited downtown Srinagar. They said many areas were known for wrong reasons. But, I believe downtown, Srinagar has shed its past and it is now a new address of Indian Sporting Heroes,” the Lt Governor said.
He added that in last two years, downtown has witnessed a massive rise in the number of sports being played and a large number of youth pursuing sports professionally.
“Several youngsters from downtown, Srinagar have proved their mettle in International Championships. The day is not far when we will see the youth of Shahr-e-Khas representing the country in Olympics and earning a new identity of heroes and the respect for J&K and the country,” he said.
“Total 12 sports fields and mini-stadiums in different areas of downtown Srinagar have been upgraded by J&K Sports Council with world class amenities to nurture young talents. Determination of downtown youth to see the tricolor fly high has revived the legacy of football and other games,” he added.
The LG appreciated the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council for preparing and handing over the Ellahi Bagh Indoor Sports Stadium, constructed at a cost of Rs 4 crore under PMDP, in record time.
“In the last three years, we have ensured unprecedented progress with regard to infrastructure, career progression, & future of the players. An enabling environment through new policies has been created which fills the gap of the last 70 years,” he observed.
“J&K Sports Council is making efforts to nurture sporting talent in every part of the UT. We have ensured that the difficulties faced by the players before 2019 are not faced by our new generation players and every support is extended to hone their skills and provide them more opportunities,” he added.
He said the Council is looking for sporting talent so that training and other facilities can be provided to them. All sportspersons have the potential to become like Saqib Farooq, Rabia Farooq, Toria Gulzar, Tajim Fayaz, Soliha Yusuf and Farhan Ganai and bring laurels to the nation.
The LG asked the youth to take the inspirations from champions like Sadia Tariq, Shaukat Ahmed and Danish Farooq and dedicate themselves in their respective sports discipline. “It is gold when you lose your entire energy in the game but only particles of dust when the energy is wasted,” the LG added.
“Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav has given an opportunity to touch new heights. The UT administration is committed to facilitate the dreams of the Youth to excel in sports and represent the country at various platforms,” he observed.
The LG said that J&K is moving ahead on the path of progress and called upon the elders, parents and the Community members to join the efforts to completely eradicate the menace of drug addiction to give a secure and prosperous future to the new generation.
Sinha gave on the spot directions and assured the residents of old city and sports clubs to address their each and every issue on priority.