Governor, Satya Pal Malik today presided over the 30th Anniversary celebration of SECMOL, founded by Sonam Wangchuck in Phey, Leh.
He was accompanied by Advisors; B.B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, Kurshid Ahmad Ganai; B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary and Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor. Besides, Dorjey Mutup, CEC, LAHDC, Tsering Angdus, EC (Agri) Gyal Wangyal, EC (Health) Tsering Sandup, EC (Tourism), Muntaz Hussain, EC (Animal Sheep Husbandry) Avny Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner, Leh, Sargun Shukla, Senior Superintendent of Police Leh, Army Officers and other dignitaries alongwith, the students were present on the occasion. While appreciating the efforts of SECMOL in providing education and life skills to the students, Governor said that “empowerment comes with the education and people which give priority to education ensure a bright future for their nation, taking it on the path of development in the true sense.” Governor appreciated Sonam Wangchuk for his commitment and conviction in taking up challenges and lauded his endeavour in keeping youth connected to their roots with a sense of honour in their rich culture, traditional knowledge and moral values.
Governor said that terrorism severely and adversely hampers the growth and development of youth and fills them with resentment against political parties, government and the country. He said that “We want to kill terrorism and not terrorists.” He added that his team is making efforts to build trust among youth and generating a positive platform for dialogue with the younger generation through various levels of interactions. He asserted that youth of Kashmir have great potential to excel in sports like cricket and football and his government is coming up with international stadiums in the valley to promote their talent. He stressed on ensuring opportunities for the creative engagement of youth and enabling them to explore their potential and excel in different fields. He said that the priority of Governor’s Administration is on outreach and interaction with people at ground level and hearing their grievances. He added that their efforts are on to create an atmosphere for dialogue to address the issue of Kashmir. A memorandum between Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL) and Kashmir University and a memorandum between HIAL and J&K Bank for coordinated efforts and financial assistance in running of the University in Pheyang was signed in presence of the Governor.
with inputs from: Basharat Ladakhi