Vastavam web: Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat today exhorted students in the state to choose laptops and books to help end the cycle of violence in kashmir. Referring to his stints in Jammu and Kashmir, which has in the recent past seen rising incident of stone pelting, Rawat said his first posting in the state was in 1981-82 when the “situation was good”.The situation started deteriorating during his second posting between 1991 and 1993, the Army chief said, noting that he also had stints in J-K from 2006-2008 and then from 2010-12.
“So you have militants on one side and security forces on the other. How long will we stay in this atmosphere. We have to put an end to it. We wish that peace is restored there and we carry out our daily work without any problem,” Rawat said.He also said that the recent spell of unrest has led to decline in tourism in the Valley.”Kashmir is heaven. We have to again bring it to that level which was there before. The world flocks to see the Valley, but people are not able to come because of the tension,” he said.
The Army, along with Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL), conducts ‘Super 40’ program in Jammu and Kashmir. Funded by PSU Petronet LNG Limited, the aim of the program is to train students in the state to help them clear IIT entrance test.