In a tour set to promote social integration, 20 Kashmiri aspiring apprentice drivers from Sopore, were visiting the Eastern headquarters in Kolkata. They were on a fortnight-long tour organised by the arm. Apart from sight-seeing they also had a chance to explore job opportunities in their chosen vocation outside Kashmir Valley where the community has found little options for career.
The group comprising youth are have learnt driving commercial SUVs for a living and few others who were still learning to drive for similar livelihood, interacted with Eastern Army Commander, Lt Gen MMS Rai in Fort William precincts.
Gen Rai reminded the visitors that the youth in Kashmir are at the crossroads of life where they can easily be misguided and need to choose the right path. He said such tours (by the army) will give them exposure and show them the right way forward after they have seen for themselves development elsewhere in the country as a result of enduring peace.
For long the Indian Army has been taking groups of children and in some instances, elderly citizens from Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East to major cities to see the kaleidoscope of progress of our nation under Ops Sadbhavna and Samaritan initiatives respectively.
The ongoing ´Educational-cum-Auto Tech Awareness Tour´ for the young drivers is aimed at enhancing their awareness threshold on preventive maintenance, repair and upkeep of vehicles enabling them to gain proficiency in their profession
The team visited Tata Motors, Jamshedpur earlier on and will also visit Hindustan Motors facilities apart from other landmark venues in the city.