Of the many initiatives taken up by the Indian Army to improve the quality of life in Kashmir Valley, Kashmir Super 30 coaching education project is one major highlight. Under this project, Medical, Engineering, NEET aspirants, who are not financially sound, get required guidance and support to crack the entrance exams. Executed by National Integrity and Educational Development Organization (NIEDO), Indian Army oversees the overall administration and logistics. After multiple written exams and screenings, only 30 students get selected from JandK for this programme. These students get trained for 12 months before they sit in the entrance exams. It not just provides an equal opportunity to the under-privileged but also reinvigorate the process of peace, progress and stability in the Union Territory.
Speaking on the current situation in the Kashmir Valley post abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, Lt General of GOC (Chinar Corps), BS Raju, on March 01 said that the Indian Army have been able to establish trust and connect with the public through outreach programs which in turn will manifest into lower terrorist recruitment. "With better outreach programs by Army, civil administration and Police, we have been able to establish greater trust and connect with public. I believe this will manifest into lower (terrorist) recruitment," BS Raju said.
With an aim to strengthen and to connect with the next generation of Kashmir, Indian Army organised 'A Day with Company Commander' in Baramulla. During the event, children of the surrounding areas got an opportunity to visit the Army Camp and experience the life of army personnel. Games were also organised for children for their entertainment. The children wholeheartedly participated in all the events with great enthusiasm and vigour. Children enjoyed the event and expressed gratitude to Army for conducting such an event. The aim of this outreach program is to make relationship with people and children of Kashmir valley. The event was organised by 52 Rashtriya Rifles (RR). Indian Army frequently organises such events to stop youths to indulge in anti-social activities and to motivate them to join Army. Free medicines were also distributed during the event.
Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said that drug racket in valley is supported and sponsored by Pakistan. He said, "Punjab and J-K are easy targets for drug smuggling because of border proximity. Drug racket is supported and sponsored by Pakistan. BSF has recovered 66 kg drugs in Jammu's Arnia sector." In Kashmir, areas like Kupwara, Poonch, Baramulla, Samba are active zones of drugs, he added.
The preparations are underway for Republic Day celebrations in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara. Despite of harsh winters, Army jawans were seen preparing for the event with locals and children in Handwara. Lt Col Gargote, 2nd in command, RR Battalion said, "We are also keeping vigil for possible miscreant activities as we get a lot of warning information during such times." Republic Day is celebrated on January 26 every year.
To showcase the talents of the youth and to bring back the lost warmth among people due to the bone chilling winter season, Indian Army's 15 Rashtriya Rifles has organised Village Games Festival 2021 in Kupwara. Village Games Festival was organized for the people of villages of Ramhal, Rajwar and Magam block. The event witnessed large amount of gatherings. Several youngsters showcased their talent in different activities and enthralled the audience. The local visitors and many participating players appreciated the step taken by the Indian Army.
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