Defence study group meets Governor, to visit Srinagar today

A 14-member team comprising faculty and course members from the National Defence College, which is currently on a week-long study tour of the state, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan on Tuesday.
Defence study group meets Governor, to visit Srinagar today
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A 14-member team comprising faculty and course members from the National Defence College, which is currently on a week-long study tour of the state, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan on Tuesday.

Led by Banita Devi Naorem, the group comprises officers from armed forces and civil services. Four foreigner delegates—colonel Bret Paul Chaloner from the Australian army, colonel Sain Ahmed from Nigerian army,  colonel Myo Htut Win from Myanmar and  capitan MD Hassan Tarique Mondal of Bangladesh navy—are part of the group.

The Indian members of the team are 1998 batch Rajasthan cadre Indian Police Service officer Ponugumati Ramjee; 1998 batch Indian Revenue Service officer Banita Devi Naorem; Air commodore S Dutta; brigadiers Satish Dahiya, V Parida, Sanjeev Kumar, Yogesh Chaudhary, BS Sakhon and Ajay Kumar, and  commodore Subir Mukherjee.

The Governor shared his perspective about Kashmir issue and initiatives taken by his administration in meeting aspirations of people, the investment environment in the state, its tourism potential, education scenario and ongoing developmental programmes in the state.

Malik stressed on the importance of addressing problems of youth in the state and providing them with opportunities in sports, arts and other extracurricular activities.

He said that every section of the society, especially the younger generation, should be encouraged to talk about their issues and needs.

The Governor informed the officers about the revival of Dal and Wular lakes. He observed that people from outside the state should come here frequently to enjoy its scenic beauty, rich cultural heritage and hospitality.

The officers thanked the Governor for his warm welcome and for sharing his perspective on various important issues. They expressed their desire to visit here frequently.

Later, the group visited Vaishno Devi Shrine, where they interacted with representatives of Shri Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and the priest.

On January 30, the team would go to Srinagar, where inspector general of police Kashmir will brief them about the overall security scenario.

They will also meet some "local leaders and NGOs", a source said.

"For the next two days, the team will be visiting Gulmarg and Sonamarg where they will interact with tour guides, pony wallas, and representatives of local administration," the source said.

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