Army to bring Kargil on world tourist map

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Kargil, July 8: Assuring full support to make Kargil a destination for tourists from all over the globe, General-Officer- Commanding (GOC) of 8 Mountain Division V S Tonk said the Army will also conduct training programme for the youths of the district before their recruitment in the force.

The GOC said the Army will give full support to identify and develop tourist places, including Suru valley, to make the district a major attraction for global tourism.

Kargil hit the headlines in 1999 when hundreds of intruders from Pakistan occupied almost all major heights near the Line of Control (LoC) in the district. It later took about two months for the Indian army to push back the intruders.

Nunkun, the highest peak in the region, beautiful rocks, natural water falls, historic Imambadas and Panikhar are also in Kargil.

He said the projects undertaken by the Army under operation Sadbhavana will not only be completed but new projects would be taken in hand for the benefit of locals.

The GOC there are already good schools, multipurpose computer centres, tailoring and knitting centres where local youths are being given training.

The local residents complained that only ten to fifteen youths of the district were appointed in the army during the last recruitment drive against more than 100 recruitments in the Ladakh Scouts.

They allged that youths from Leh were brought in five buses to Drass in the district when the last recuitment was held.

The residents further said about 90 per cent jobs were given to youths from Leh after ignoring the locals.

The GOC assured that pre-recruitment training will be given to the youths of the district to help them compete during the recruitment in the Army.

About the demand of constructing 45-km-long Panikhar-Pahalgam road, the officer said he will take up the matter with the civil authorities.


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