New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Students from backward areas of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri and Poonch Districts visited New Delhi on Friday as part of the Indian Army's 'Operation Sadbhavana' educational tour.
The students met National Conference President and Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah who has invited then for lunch tomorrow.
The students are also expected to interact with several other Ministers on Saturday.
The tour has been organized by 38 Rashtriya Rifles under the aegis of the Romeo Force of the Indian Army's 16 corps, which is based at Nagrota.
The army organizes the tour to expose young students to developments taking place in other parts of the country.
During this tour, the students from Kashmir Valley have visited Goa, Pune and Hyderabad. They got the opportunity to visit historical, religious and other important places in these cities.
The students also got the chance to interact with Goa Governor SS Sidhu during their visit.
In 1998, the Indian Army launched a unique operation called 'Operation Sadbhavana' to win the hearts and minds of the population long ravaged by terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.
Through 'Operation Sadbhavana', the troops of Northern Command extended their mandate and made concerted attempts to apply the healing touch to win over the people by promoting development activities focusing on their basic needs.
'Operation Sadbhavana' and activities of the state administration were amalgamated harmoniously to generate synergy, with a clear focus to bring a palpable improvement in the quality of life of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)