February 2017 News

CM Admits Kashmir Got Deprived Of Quality Education After KPs Exodus

19 February 2017
The Northlines

Srinagar: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said the quality of education in Kashmir Valley was severely affected due to the exodus of the Pandit community from the region at the onset of militancy in 1990. Speaking at a function here at SKICC wherein High Density Apple Plantation was formally inaugurated by the state dispensation, the chief minister reiterated that peace is inevitable for development of Jammu and Kashmir and that it is vital that the people of Kashmir Valley should understand the essence of peace for prosperity and growth. Mehbooba Mufti in her address stated that it was the exodus of the Pandit community from Kashmir valley during the inception of militancy that quality education in this land-locked region remained a distant dream. She said Jammu region of the state is excelling in education as pandits, who since centuries are great teachers instilled their learning to the people of Jammu while as Kashmir valley got deprived of such noble souls and great teachers. 'This is the reason that today we are witnessing the quality education in Jammu region flourishing while it is a herculean task to put it back on track here in Kashmir,' the chief minister said. Mehbooba Mufti added; 'I have been taught by a pandit teacher like most of the people of our generation. I can tell you with certainty that Pandits are really the great teachers and it is their contribution to the state that it has renowned medicos, academicians and people who have proved their mettle in their respective fields,' chief minister stated. While hailing horticulturists of Kashmir Valley at the launch of high density apple plantation, Mehbooba said the sector merits attention of the government and that late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was keen to develop the sector at par with the international standards. Pertinently, former revenue minister Syed Basharat Bukhari resigned from the cabinet over reportedly being accorded with the Horticulture portfolio. Mehbooba, while subtly hinting at retaining the Horticulture portfolio to herself, she said that the horticulture ministry is equally important to her as it was to late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. 'This is the very important ministry and I am very serious at developing state's horticulture sector. I would ask JK Bank to open more branches in the areas wherein horticulture is witnessing a new boom and also deduct the rate of interest at which loan is accorded to the horticulturalists,' she said.