Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The three-day cultural exchange festival of young men and women from Jammu and Kashmir organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) concluded here on Monday.

The participants from Jammu and Kashmir met the Prime Minister in the morning where they were treated to an elaborate breakfast.

"The youths also asked questions to the Prime Minister about various initiatives taken up by the Government for the betterment of Jammu and Kashmir," said Shakeel Ahmed Khan, the Director General of NKYS, a body of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Dr. Khan said the young participants asked the Prime Minister about setting up of institutes on the lines of All- India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Indian Institute of Technology in their State.

"They also requested the Prime Minister to take steps that could provide a fillip to the economic activity in the State," informed Dr. Khan.

The participants also asked the Prime Minister to strengthening the communication network between the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region.

This past Saturday, the young delegates had also met President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

One-minute silence was observed to pay homage to the shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan who passed away in the early hours of Monday before the concluding function of the day began at Mavlankar Auditorium here.

Addressing the youngsters, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said that they should go to various parts of the country not only for the purpose of visiting them but also find out about various economic activities.

"If you feel like making your living at a certain place or study, the Government will do everything possible to ensure that," he told the participants.

He said the Kashmiri youths were welcome in all parts of the country not only for the purposes of study but also for setting up industries and trade.

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