December 2, 2022

KASHMIR SCHOOL CHILDREN MEET MOS (HOME) SHRI KIREN RIJIJU

A group of 45 school children consisting of 20 girls and 25 boys from remote and far flung areas of Kashmir region called on MOS (Home) Sh. Kiren Rijiju at conference hall, MHA, North Block, New Delhi. The students in the age group of 10-16 years are on a Bharat Darshan Tour from 7th December to 18th December 2014 organized by the BSF.

2. The concept of Bharat Darshan Tours for the children from Jammu & Kashmir started from the year 2000. Bharat Darshan Tours are conducted every year. The entire expenditure on the tours is met by BSF out of the tenders provided by MHA which includes dress, travel expenditures, boarding and lodging etc.

3. D.K. Pathak, IPS, DG BSF welcomed the MOS (Home) Sh. Kiren Rijiju and apprised him of the composition of the group of children and they all belong to remote areas of Kashmir and the visit would add to their broader vision about their country at large.

4. Addressing the Children, MOS (Home) Sh. Kiren Rijiju Rijiju said that India is a country of unity in diversity and he advised them to share the beauty and diversified culture of India in helping the country grow in a unified manner, getting stronger each day. He lauded the BSF for arranging the Bharat Darshan Tour giving the children from Kashmir an opportunity to witness the rich cultural heritage which is the identity of our Nation. Shri Rijiju also advised the children to share their experiences with their friends and family members after returning. The Minister encouraged the children to visit the North Eastern states also.
5. The children then shared their experience of visit to different historical places and thanked the BSF and Government of India for organizing tours of this nature.

6. The children who are selected for Bharat Darshan are mainly from remote areas of Kashmir. They are selected by liaison with village heads, schools, teachers and locals through officers of Border Security Force.

7. This tour is conducted to expose them to the historical, cultural and social people of the country and the progress made in Industrial, Technological and scientific fields and also to inculcate in them a sense of pride for the country. During the tours, they visit places of historic and cultural importance in different parts of India.

8. As part of the programme, they were taken to Mysore, Bangalore, Agra, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Delhi. During the tour they had an opportunity to enjoy the ride Metro Train in New Delhi, also visited historical monuments like Taj Mahal and India Gate etc.

9. Efforts are made to make them to have experience of the vastness and the rich cultural heritage of the country. These tours provide them an opportunity to interact the people of different cultures, religions and languages. These tours are found to be having a long lasting impact on the children, their parents and others in the area.

10. During the year 2013-14, Border Security Force conducted 6 Bharat Darshan tours, 4 for Kashmir children (2 each for girls and boys) and 2 for Jammu children
(1 each for girls and boys).

11. BSF is organizing such programmes since 1999-2000. Till date 1415 children from J&K have participated in BSF sponsored 48 Bharat Darshan Tours.

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