Students primary victims of JK’s negative portrayal by media: Minister

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RAIPUR: Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq Khan on Thursday called on Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and discussed various issues including development scenario of J&K and facilities being provided to the JK students studying in Chhattisgarh besides their safety and security.
According to an official handout, Abdul Haq informed the chief minister about the impacts of the negative portrayal of J&K state by a section of media. He said, “The primary victims of the negative portrayal have been the students studying in various states.”
He appealed the chief minister to assist the state government in removing this stereotype created among masses about the state. He said, “The frequent exchange programs of students will help the people of the state to know each other.”
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister, Raman Singh said the students of Kashmir were the guests of Chhattisgarh government and will ensure their safety and security during their stay in the state. He said, “The students should not feel that they are away from the home as they are equal citizens of the nation and are a part of our family.”
Singh assured the minister that he would personally meet the students so that they felt the government was acting as the guardian and the care-taker of the Kashmiri students besides assuring their safety and security.
Castigating certain sections of electronic media, the minister said “unfortunately some media channels are hell bent to portray Kashmir in a negative way by blowing minor issues out of proportion.” He appealed media to be part of the solution, instead of fuelling trouble, by facilitating in bridging the gap thereby connecting people and helping in addressing the alienation of Kashmiri youth, read the handout.

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