Centre doesn't want to keep military in Kashmir for long: Sushilkumar Shinde

Sushilkumar Shinde

Syed Ali Shah Geelani was an MLA in 1987 while others were associated with political outfit Muslim United Front which had contested the elections in the same year.

Shinde said the separatists should come forward and work together for betterment of younger generation, their education, welfare and better future.

He said the Centre was working for development in the state and the recent initiative of Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi of inviting big industrialists will definitely yield results.

"I think this is the good sign that Rahul ji has done for the youngsters (of the Kashmir valley). And certainly they will consider to have many industries over there," he said and added it cannot be done immediately but may take some time as the industrialists have to consider the project, execution of plan and finally the business outcome.

On behalf of Home Ministry, there were some schemes to provide some benefits to the industrialists who want to set up business in the state, Shinde said.

At the invitation of Gandhi, Ratan Tata, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Deepak Parekh and Ravi Bajaj had recently interacted with students of Kashmir university in October this year and assured help to the youth of Kashmir.

About his recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Shinde said the situation was improving. "I went there to Lal Chowk and did some marketing along with the Chief Minister in a private car.

"I got down there to purchase some dress material for my daughter, who is an MLA (in Maharashtra) and then I and the Chief Minister went to a shopping-mall and had ice cream in the open area."

Shinde, who is the first Home Minister to have visited the Chrar-e-Sharief shrine located 28km from Srinagar in central district of Budgam, recalled the enthusiasm of the people during his visit and their request for addressing them from a make-shift stage.

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