School children meet the Union Home Minister under Youth Exchange Programme
On 30th August a group of school children from Jammu and Kashmir under the Youth Exchange Programme “Watan Ko Jano”, met Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. 50 children from Kathua district, including 7 girls, are on an excursion, organized by the J&K Police, to New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
Dr. Jitendra Singh the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy, and Space, was also present on the occasion.
Shri Rajnath Singh while addressing the youth, expressed happiness that these children have visited various landmark and historical sites in the National Capital and witnessed the rich cultural and historical heritage of the country. He stated, India has a rich religious culture with ethnic diversity and has emerged as the world’s largest secular democratic Republic.
The Union Minister advised School children to share their experiences of Youth Exchange Programme with their friends and relatives. They should spread the message of peace and goodwill when they return to the state.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, speaking on the occasion, mentioned that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has mentioned Kathua on two occasions in his monthly “Man Ki Baat” radio programme about the remarkable strides made towards development in the district. Dr. Jitendra Singh said Kathua district now boasts of a medical and engineering college and the hill district has also been brought on the rail map. The district will soon have a Seed Processing Plant and a Biotech Park.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been organizing the Youth Exchange Programme programme “Watan Ko Jano” to give exposure to the youth and children of J&K about the cultural and socio-economic development taking place in other parts of the country. Youth and children hit by militancy and from weaker sections of the society have been identified for the purpose. The Government has planned to sponsor around 6,000 children for a tour of various cities across the country under this programme. This is a significant rise again around 1,500 children who went on the Bharat Darshan excursion last year.
Excerpt: School children from Jammu and Kashmir under the Youth Exchange Programme “Watan Ko Jano”, met Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh.