Terming youth as “the biggest treasure” of a society, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said “whenever given a chance, boys and girls from Jammu and Kashmir have outshined the best of their competitors in any field.”
Addressing a gathering at Government Boys Degree College here while distributing Scooties among meritorious girl students of the district, the Chief Minister said in present day world, the human capital of a country is measured by the number of young boys and girls their society possesses. She said God has bestowed our youth with abundant talent and potential which has been exemplified time and again.
Mehbooba asked students to give their best to education “as it is the only weapon to fight against inequality, poverty and neglect.” She said education is a “great game changer and Islam has laid enough stress on seeking knowledge.” She said in today’s world, knowledge economy has surpassed all other types of economies, and asked the students to seize “this opportunity knocking at their door.”
The Chief Minister regretted that a number of youth were “affected by the turmoil” in the past five months. She said during the same period “not only the Government but every section of society suffered and now people have started realizing the quantum of loss.”
She said her resolve has been to get the people of the State “out of the present times of uncertainty so that our youth have a joyful, happy and smiling future.”
Earlier, Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar in his address also underscored the role of education in “overcoming imbalances in in the society.” He asked the students to work hard in their respective streams and “pay back the society by their positive contribution.”
Later, the Chief Minister distributed scooties among 19 meritorious girl students of the district, an official spokesman said.