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Old 04-03-2012, 12:30 AM   #32

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An educational & motivational tour (Watan Ki Sair) organised by Mystic Sector Rashtriya Rifles for the students of Doda & Kishtwar districts of J & K, is under way from 24 Jan 2012 to 05 Feb 2012. The team comprising 23 students, 02 teachers, 01 Army officer, 01 JCO and 02 ORs, was flagged off by Brig SS Prasad, Sector Commander, Rashtriya Rifles HQ on 24 Jan 2012 from Thatri (Doda).

Mystic Sector Rashtriya Rifles is deployed in Doda and Kishtwar Districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The area is remote and backward having limited connectivity with the balance of the state. Remoteness is further compounded by the fact that the area is mountainous and rugged which further limits the mobility. Furthermore, the area was heavily infected with terrorism and was breeding ground for major tanzeems operating in Jammu and Kashmir.

All these factors coupled together have had an adverse effect in the development of basic public amenities and infrastructure to incl education, basic health care, administration, roads, etc in the area. Deployment of Security Forces saw a marked improvement in the area as it not only successfully curbed terrorism in the area but also was able to assists the civil administration in development of the area by conduct of various OP SADBHAVANA activities. Educating and moulding the younger generation to wear them away from militancy has been one of the areas in which a lot has been done by the Army. Projects like construction of school buildings, addition of rooms in existing schools, provision of furniture, books, computers and study materials, etc have been undertaken by the army regularly. Keeping the same ethos in mind army has been planning many educational and motivational tours for the children of this state. These tours aim at opening up the mental horizon of these children by making them see the rich culture and tradition, development, peace and harmony existing in this great nation, thus inculcating a sense of belonging and national integration amongst the children of this area.

Keeping the same spirit in mind this education-cum-motivational tour is being conducted for these students of remote and far flung villages of districts Doda and Kistwar. During tour, the children introduced to the rich traditions, culture and heritage of our great nation. The visit would go a long way in moulding these young and innocent minds towards aligning their outlook with the national mainstream.

The team reached Nagpur on 01 Feb 2012. The students were thrilled to see the Maharajbag Zoo, while the scenic beauty of Ambajhari Lake and Seminary Hills mesmerized them. The boys from the ‚??Heaven on earth‚?? loved and cherished the fact that they are standing precisely at the Centre of the Country at Zero Mile stone, a monument locating the geographical centre of India. The students of Doda and Kishtwar districts loved the city of oranges which is a perfect blend of cultural/traditional values and modern amenities.

The team will depart tomorrow on 03 Feb 2012 from Nagpur to conclude the tour at Thatri (Doda) J & K on 05 Feb 2012.
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