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Kashmir’s educational, socioeconomic structure being destroyed: CM

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Srinagar, July 31: Calling for introspection, the Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti said that the people have to ponder over how the educational, economic and social structure of is being systematically ruined because of the prevailing situation. “Our enterprising young boys and girls are not able to apply for KAS examination, they are not able to avail of the Prime Minister's Special Scholarship Scheme, the educational and training institutions are shut, the tourism sector has taken a big hit, the development process has come to a standstill and the socio-economic condition of the people is deteriorating day by day because of the prevailing law and order situation,” she said and added there are instances in the history where various nations and communities including the Palestinians didn't allow the of their children to suffer amid conflicts and wars. “Ironically, in contrast, the first casualty of unrest in Kashmir has always been the education and the ,” she said during her visits to various examination centres in Srinagar where the Common Entrance Test (CET) was conducted by the and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE).

 Ms Mehbooba said instead of asking the Kashmiri youth to focus on education, they are being incited to take stones in their hands and attack whosoever comes their way. “A 70-year old poor street vendor who moves out of his home in the morning to earn the bread and butter for his starving family is being slapped by a 10-year old boy, young girls are being threatened that they will be torched alive alongwith their scooties if they move out of their home, people wearing decent clothes are being intimidated, respectable citizens are being humiliated and unsuspecting travellers are being pillaged in the name of protests,” the Chief Minister said and added that such hideous activities are not only unacceptable but unbecoming of a civilized society.

Ms Mehbooba said many forces have joined hands to vitiate the atmosphere and send innocent children to various localities to create trouble. “Those who have other ideology should also feel the pain of the younger generation getting affected. What do they want to achieve by this (violence)?” she asked.

Gun has not changed anything. There is no way out other than dialogue,” she said and added that while the security forces have been able to contain the situation but there was an issue in the minds of the people which needs to be addressed. “We brought in security forces and they contained the situation. But there is an issue which is in the minds. It has to be addressed,” she added.

The Chief Minister was informed that out of 17939 students, 16315 appeared in the CET at the designated examination centres in Srinagar and Jammu.

In Kashmir province, out of 11881 candidates 10803 appeared in CET while in Jammu province, out of 6056 students, 5512 appeared in the test.

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