One group of 18 girls
and another group of 20 boys from Kashmir called on Shri R.P.N.Singh,
Minister of State for Home Affairs here today. These two groups of
children are part of 6 tours of boys and girls during this financial
year under Bharat Darshan tours from J&K being organized by Border
Security Force (BSF).
Out of 6 Bharat Darshan tours, 4 for Kashmir children (2 each of girls
and boys) and 2 for Jammu children (one each for girls and boys) are
planned by BSF under this project. Two groups of Jammu region had
competed their visits during early October, 2012 and two groups from
Kashmir are presently on visit from October 28 to November 08, 2012. The
remaining two tours from Kashmir, one each for girls and boys are
planned during next month.
Most of these children from Kashmir valley had crossed the Banihal
tunnel for the first time. During the tour, they had an opportunity to
ride Metro, visit Appu Ghar, Taj Mahal, India Gate and other parts of
Bharat Darshan tours were started in the year 1999-2000 by the BSF by
providing dresses, travel expenses, boarding & lodging to the children
from the State. The number of groups till date has reached at 39 for
1212 children including 111 girls. Under this project, young children in
the age group of 10-16 years hailing from remote areas of the state are
selected by BSF with the help of village heads, school teachers and
other local agencies. These children are exposed to the historical,
cultural and social profile of the country and the progress made in
industrial, technological and scientific fields. These tours are found
to be having a long lasting impact on the children, parents and others
in their areas.
Special Director BSF Shri Arvind Ranjan and senior officers of MHA and
BSF were also present.