Maintaining that the prevailing atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir was adversely affecting the future of youth, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said that there is trust deficit between the state and rest of the country which needs to be addressed through special efforts.
Mehbooba said that youth of J&K were as talented as in other parts of the country, but due to the "prevailing atmosphere" in the state, they do not get the kind of opportunities they should be given.
"The youth of our state both from Jammu and Kashmir are best in everything be it in IAS, KAS, education, sports and in other fields", Mehbooba said at the concluding ceremony of 65th All India Police Hockey Tournament at Jammu.
The Chief Minister said that there is trust deficit between Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country which can be addressed through frequent visits of people of the state to other parts of the country and that people from across the country should also regularly visit here to know the people of the state.
Citing example of Kashmir boys who were taken on tour to various parts of the country by Army, Mehbobba said the boys had a wonderful experience and understood the country and its people in a much better way.
"I asked the boys that what did they like the most during their visit to different parts of the country, they said that everything was nice but the people were very nice," Mehbooba said.
"Our country is not exactly what we often get to see in some channels," she said, adding, "In fact it is totally different."
Mehbooba said that such initiatives help in overcoming many myths and misunderstandings regarding Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country.
"There is something between us," the CM said adding, "When you people come here and we people visit other parts of the country, we understand each other much better."
She emphasized that frequent interactions "help us in understanding each other in a much better way, thus removing the deficit."
She also said that government needs to focus more on education and sports as both go together. "The budget for education and sports is meager and I hope that the central government led by Prime Minister NarenderModi will look into this and increase the budget allocation for these sectors," Mehbooba said.