Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday during a function held at SKICC said that there is a need to address the anger among the youth of Kashmir. He also said that he will extend a hand of friendship to people of South Kashmir to bring peace in the region
Malik was attending the felicitation ceremony of “Chinar Youth Festival- Hunar-e-Kashmir” organised in the lawns of SKICC, this evening.
BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt, GOC 15 Corps, Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor among many distinguished guests were present on the occasion.
TV personalities including actors Gurmeet Choudhary, Tina Dutta, Bollywood singer Javed Ali enthralled the audience with their performances on the occasion. The ceremony was anchored by famous TV actress Debina Bonnerjee.
Addressing the youth festival in the lawns of SKICC organised by the army, Governor Malik said that he acknowledges the issue of people of south Kashmir and will soon extend a hand of friendship to people of south Kashmir so that peace prevails there.
“I have decided to treat people of South Kashmir friendly,” he said. On the corruption, he said it was very deep rooted in Kashmir and he will ensure it is rooted out. “I have come here with a suitcase and will return with the same,” he said.
Felicitating the achievers of the various competitions like painting, singing, calligraphy, instrumental music, cultural performances, Governor expressed his happiness to see immense talent in the youth of the State and observed that given an appropriate platform and ample opportunities to the youth to express themselves, he is sure that they are second to none. He complimented the Army for organizing Hunar-e-Kashmir festival with the aim to promote peace and project creativity of the youth.
The governor said that the government is making every effort to strengthen sports infrastructure and very soon the State will have international level stadiums of football and cricket. According to the spokesman Governor also observed that his administration is working on the idea of having State’s own IPL team and IPL matches will be played here once new cricket stadiums are approved by the experts.
The governor also urged people to bring into government authorities’ notice any matter of public importance and his administration will ensure its speedy resolution.
Besides winners of various competitions organised in “Hunar-e-Kashmir” festival, Governor felicitated participants and medal winners of Asian Games 2018 from the State including Bronze medallist in Wushu Surya Bhanu Pratap, Coach Kuldeep Handoo, Bilquis Mir, Referee Water Sports, Danish Sharma, Kurash sports, and Jabeena Akhtar, Wushu Player.
Governor also gave prizes to winners of Mountain Cycle Expedition, and Jhelum Football Championship (Boys and Girls).