New Delhi: A group of 20 students from Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district on Wednesday told Army chief General Bipin Rawat that they lacked Internet connection and had bad roads despite 70 years of independence. “The country is living in the 21st century, but we are still struggling for basic needs like a proper Internet connection. Making calls is also very difficult at times,” complained a 19-year-old, Omash Kumar Koul from Navapachi.
The students also said that it took 12 hours for them to travel from the tehsil to Kishtwar town due to bad conditions of the roads. “Travelling is a pain in our area. The road conditions are bad and a lot of time is wasted in traveling,” said another student, Moshin Hassan. Kishtwar district is a hilly region located in Jammu region.
The undergraduate students were here under the Indian Army’s Capacity Building Tour (CBT), which will end in Chennai. The 6,000 km tour that began on Tuesday will conclude on September 12. The Army chief urged the students to explore different fields in terms of employment. “All fields are important, be it medicine or teaching. I will encourage you all to join the Army but I will say that all other fields are also important,” he said. (IANS)