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Srinagar: Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Meenakshi Lekhi, who was on a visit to Kashmir as part of an outreach programme of the Government of India today interacted with DGP J&K and other Police Officers at GOs Mess Humhama.

The visiting Minister while interacting with the officers said that she shared a special relationship with the UT of J&K and Police as she comes from a family who served in the police department for three generations.

The Minister while interacting with the lady officers said that it is fascinating to see the women sharing spaces of public offices and responsibilities with their male counterparts in building the nation.

She said that her Ministry will try to develop religious and heritage tourism in UT so that tourists in large numbers are attracted to the religious and spiritual places here. She said that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is a shining example of attracting religious tourists to UT. She added that on the same lines some more tourist circuits can be developed and promoted.

The Minister also highlighted the importance of the preservation of Culture and cultural symbols. She said that Kashmir had a rich cultural heritage of being a learning place in the Indian subcontinent.

On the occasion, the DGP gave an insight into the security scenario in J&K and said that for the last three years the peace and progress have been moving forward together and a peaceful environment have brought dividends to the people who have contributed in a big way in our peacebuilding efforts. “Law and Order and security situation have shown a marked improvement in all respects with least loss of life and property. incidents in the valley. There is no street violence and the favourite Bandh Call culture of separatists has ended almost completely. The changing environment has upset the Pak agencies and their proxies and recent innocent civilian killings is indicating their frustration with people’s partnership in peace and progress and communal harmony.”

The DGP said that such elements shall not be spared and stringent measures shall be taken to defeat their nefarious designs. He said: “peace, harmony and brotherhood among the people living here shall be safeguarded and added that J&K Police along with the security forces are working in a Well-coordinated manner to foil these evil attempts.” He also briefed the Minister regarding various initiatives of the Jammu and Kashmir Police in engaging the youth in positive activities.

The Minister paid her tribute to the uniformed persons who are working hard to protect our people and nation from the evil eye under difficult circumstances.

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