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President Pranab addresses Kashmir’s greivances...

President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday that people of J&K did have ‘grievances’ and these needed ‘deft handling and speedy resolution’.

‘I am aware there are grievances. Many important issues need deft handing and speedy resolution,’ he said at the convocation address at the Kashmir University here.

‘The government of India and the state government are determined to ensure that every Kashmiri lives with dignity having equal rights and equal opportunities,’ he added.

The president said he looked upon the youth of Kashmir to forge the future of India in every field.

‘The India of tomorrow achieved through inclusive growth offers enormous opportunities for the youth of Kashmir.’

He described Kashmir as the 'Sharda Peeth', the seat of learning in ancient times.

‘This beautiful valley has nursed in its lap great men of letters, poets and patrons of learning.

‘The IT revolution has brought infinite opportunities. It has greatly facilitated us in offering a modern, progressive and relevant education to our students.

‘The government of India, in its 12th Five Year Plan, has a well defined strategy to achieve this. It includes expansion of infrastructure with regional equity,’ he said.

Mukherjee laid stress on collaboration and linkages between premier institutions of higher learning in India and abroad.

He said given its beauty and grandeur, there was an all important need to preserve Jammu and Kashmir's ecology and environment.

‘While I am among the bright young people here on Thursday, I would like to highlight the relevance and need for greater tolerance in the society,’ he emphasised.


...FOLLOWED BY A BOAT RIDE ON DAL

President Pranab Mukherjee, now on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday went on a boat ride in the famed Dal Lake in Srinagar.

State Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and senior civil and police officials accompanied President Mukherjee.

During the boat ride, officials briefed the president on the conservation of the famous lake and the rehabilitation programme launched by the state government for displaced people.

The measures undertaken for conservation of the lake, including dredging and laying the sewer lines, were explained.

After a boat ride around the Dal Lake, Mukherjee visited Nishat Garden, where he had afternoon tea.
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