J&K Youth Chose Hockey Sticks, Bats Over Stones: LG

‘Youth Should Think Big And Act Towards More Ambitious Goals In Life’

Jammu- The Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Thursday that the youths of Jammu and Kashmir have embarked on a new journey of peace and prosperity by replacing stones in their hands with hockey sticks, cricket bats, tennis & badminton rackets.

“The divisive forces and their sympathizers misguided our youth & gave stones in their hands. Today, with hockey sticks, cricket bats, tennis & badminton rackets in their hands and dreams in their heart, they have embarked on a new journey of peace & prosperity,” Sinha said.

He made these remarks while addressing the concluding day of the LG’s Rolling Trophy here on Thursday.

“Youth should think big and act towards more ambitious goals in life. The administration is with them at every step,” he added.

The LG reiterated his administration’s commitment to provide modern facilities and world class coaching to the sportspersons.

Under the guidance of the Prime Minister, Sinha said, his administration has created new infrastructures for the players in far-flung areas.

“It is being ensured that the youth living in villages get modern facilities and mentoring,” he said.

This year, the LG said, 104 projects under JKIDFC and 117 projects under CAPEX have been completed across the Union Territory while over 60 lakh children and youth participated in sports activities in the last one year.

“In many disciplines like gymnastics, judo, football, cricket, we have set up academies to identify & nurture the talents,” he added

Maintaining that Mission Youth with its various schemes is providing youth a life of hope, purpose and opportunity, the LG said that sports, self employment & other youth oriented programmes being run by the UT Administration have transformed the lives of youth of J&K.

“As many as 17 schemes of Mission Youth have empowered the young generation to realize their true potential,” he said.

“In just 10 days of Back to Village and My Town, My Pride, we have created 75,000 new entrepreneurs. In the last three years, 6 lakh youth have started their entrepreneurial journey,” he added.

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