Kashmiri school children meet Union Minister Ajay Maken in New Delhi

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New Delhi, Jan 6 (ANI): A group of 35 school children from remote areas of Kashmir Valley had an opportunity met Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken at his North Block office in the national capital on Wednesday.

The students, in the age group of 12-16 yrs, arrived in Delhi as part of their Bharat Darshan tour organized by the Border Security Force (BSF).

As part of the tour, the Kashmiri children were taken to Amritsar, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Agra and Delhi where they visited places of historical, cultural and national importance.

During his interaction with the Kashmiri children, Maken said that there is a need for the children to acquire knowledge and information to move ahead in life.

"It was through knowledge and hard work only that they can succeed and rise," Maken said.

During his personal interaction with the Kashmiri children, Maken asked them about their experiences during the Bharat Darshan tour.

On this occasion, Maken also said that it is government's desire to bring the development infrastructure in Srinagar and other parts of the State at par with the national capital.

The minister also mentioned about the Herculean effort put in by BSF and other paramilitary force personnel in ensuring peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir.

BSF, as part of its civic action programme, conducts Bharat Darshan Tour for the children of poor families from the remote and border areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

The main purpose of such visit was to expose the children of border areas to the historical, cultural and technological profile of the country as also the development and progress.

It is primarily aimed at bringing them in the main stream of the nation. BSF has been organising such programmes since 1999. (ANI)

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