Will restore downtown’s lost status of Shehr-e-Khaas: LG Sinha

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Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Wednesday said that those who misguided the youth of Kashmir, especially those from downtown, preferred to send their own children outside for studies.

He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating an indoor stadium in the Elahibagh area of Srinagar outskirts.

He said some people who played at the hands of “conspirators”, set others’ houses on fire and themselves stayed in foreign countries to live a tension-free life.

He said that society and the people of Kashmir collectively must stand against these people and defeat their designs. “Conspiracy is still on. Today our youth are being pushed towards drugs and we need to save our youth and foil this design of enemies as well,” Sinha said.

The LG said that the Elahibagh area of Srinagar will have a drug de-addiction center soon. Reaching out to the youth of downtown, Srinagar, he said that downtown or Shahr-e-Khass has been the heartbeat of Kashmir and his administration will put in every effort to restore the lost status.

“I want to see the youth of downtown represent India at the international level,” he said. The LG also announced that 1000 youth from downtown Srinagar will be provided jobs while those associated with copper, paper-machie, and other arts will also be adjusted under a cluster program.

He said that Srinagar’s downtown is fast emerging as a sports champion’s hub due to great talent among the local boys.

The LG said that gone are the days when Srinagar youth were facing difficulties in displaying their talent. “Today, the youth of downtown are excelling in various sports-related activities even at the national level. Time is not far when downtown youth would prove their mettle at the international level too,” he said.

Sinha said his administration will streamline gazetted and non-gazetted cadres in the sports council and put in the best efforts to explore the talent of boys from downtown and other parts of Kashmir.

He said that a separate budget has been kept for promoting talent and improving sports infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir. The LG said that 12 sports stadiums have been upgraded in Shahr-e-Khass areas (downtown Srinagar).

Reaching out to youth, the LG said that money won’t come as a hurdle in the way of talented sportsmen of Kashmir including Srinagar.

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