Tuesday, 17 January 2012


POONCH:   In keeping up with its policy of empowering the young generation of Jammu and Kashmir, a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion under the aegis of Counter Insurgency Force Romeo organised a fifteen day education tour to Mumbai, Pune and Belgaum for twenty five youths. The aim of the tour is to provide valuable exposure to the rich cultural heritage and all round development taking place in the country and acquaint them with varied culture and people. 

The tour intends to instill a sense of awareness amongst the youth.   These youth hail from remote and far flung villages around Kalai and Surankot in Poonch district and represent all communities and social strata. The high point of tour would be interaction with Governor of Maharashtra besides visiting all the historical and important places at Mumbai and then visiting National Defence Academy and Army Sports Institute at Pune and Commando School Belgaum. 

Commander, Sector Rashtriya Rifles Sector flagged off the tour from Kalai today amidst large gathering comprising of youths, parents and prominent civil administration officials. While speaking to the media the Commander said that this tour shall be an eye opener for youth and it will immensely benefit them in understanding the varied culture and heritage of our nation.  

The Commander also interacted with the youth and told them to extract the best out of this opportunity. He told them to aim high and contribute positively towards the society and state by becoming responsible citizens. There was a lot of gaiety, excitement and expectations amongst the youth as they prepared to embark on the tour, a first trip outside the state.

Javed Iqbal aged 17 years and resident of Haveli village while speaking to media told that he is quite excited about the tour as he would be visiting National Defence Academy, Pune an institution he himself is appearing for exams to get admission into the institution.  Ishal Ahmed aged 18 years and resident of Arai Mandi told that he aims to get admission into Army Sports Institute which sponsors budding athletes and prepare them to take part in national and international events and bring laurels to nation in sports arena.

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