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NEW DELHI: Home min­istry of­fi­cials said Union home min­is­ter Rajnath Singh, who re­turned from a four-day visit of Jammu and Kash­mir (J&K) ear­lier this week, is quite taken by K ash miri stu­dents whom he met dur­ing his stay in Srinagar.

Singh met close to 70 del­e­ga­tions dur­ing his visit which in­cluded politi­cians, busi­ness­men, traders and stu­dents.

“Three to four groups of young stu­dents had come to meet Mr Rajnath and the min­is­ter was ex­tremely im­pressed by what they had to say. The stu­dents were ex­cep­tional in their ap­proach one very is­sue ...” a se­nior home min­istry of­fi­cial said.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, the stu­dents told Singh they wanted ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in­side Kash­mir, greater trans­parency be­tween the gov­ern­ment and cit­i­zenry, and most im­por­tantly, peace in the Val­ley

“They wanted him to speak to Hur­riyat lead­ers to which Mr Rajnath re­sponded that he had al­ready made it clear that any­one who liked to talk to him on Kash­mir is­sue is more than wel­comed...” the of­fi­cial told HT.

Ac­cord­ing to an­other of­fi­cial.the home min­is­ter, af­ter meet­ing the stu­dents, is of the view that they are some of the main stake­hold­ers in the state . “There will be a special fo­cus on chil­dren be­low 18 years of age.Plans on fu­ture schemes, ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties and ca­reer coun­selling are some of the ar­eas that need to be worked on,” the of­fi­cial added.

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