500 militants ready to sneak in: Gen Om Prakash

SRINAGAR (SANA)): Stating that militants are looking for opportunities to sneak into this side, General officer Commanding 15- Corps Lt. Gen. Om Prakash has said that 500 to 600 militants are “ready to infiltrate from launching pads across the Line of Control.”

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a seminar “Self Employment and Entrepreneurial Avenues in Kashmir” here, Prakash said “more than 40 militant camps are operating in Pakistan and 500-600 militants are ready to infiltrate into JK from launching pads.”
“The recent incident of ceasefire violations clearly depicts that Pakistan is aiming to infiltrate militants into Kashmir and they are using it as strategy,” he said. “We are keeping a strong vigil on the borders but due to mountainous and difficult terrains in the area it is impossible to completely check the infiltration due to geographical reasons.”

Prakash said: “We cannot guarantee that the infiltration level will be brought down to zero but we are trying to restrict the bids of infiltration as much as we can along the Line of Control. But it isn’t possible for the Army to bring down infiltration to zero level at once for geographical reasons.”

On unemployment issue in Kashmir, Prakash said that “here you have less employment opportunities for youth in the Valley.” “Every year thousands of youth pass out after obtaining high degrees. But the employment opportunities are very less. Most of the youth in Kashmir are unaware of employment schemes provided by the government,” he added.

A day-long seminar was conducted by Chinar Corps at BB Cantonment here with huge participation of graduates and post graduates from Srinagar and far-flung areas of Kashmir. The panel of experts represented diverse organizations like government establishments, Banking Sector, Public Sector and Private Sector.

The event started with the keynote address by Lt Gen Om Prakash, who highlighted the aims and objectives of the seminar.

He mentioned that the effort is first of its kind exclusively focusing on the practical aspects of entrepreneurship.

Dr MI Parray, Director JKEDI said that the youth of Valley have come of age and it is so encouraging to see overwhelming response from young men and women to take on entrepreneurship.

Layek Ahmad Jan from J&K Bank highlighted the positives of untapped options of entrepreneurship. He covered some of the schemes such as Seed Capital, in which the initial capital is provided by the Govt and balance amount is financed by JK Bank.
Krishan Khanna, an alumni of IIT, Managing Director, Women Development Corporation, Dr Naheed Soz also spoke on the occasion.



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