Morale of militants down: Lt Gen Dua

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youth clubInaugurates another youth club in north Kashmir 
Suhail Khan
Srinagar, April 1: GoC 15 Corps Lt Gen Satish Dua On Friday said that the morale of militants operating in Kashmir valley was down due to killing of their commanders in army action. He was speaking to reporters in the frontier district of Kupwara.
Dua said that around two-hundred militants were active in the valley and that there were chances of increase in infilitration due to melting of snow in coming months.
 “Though I want to assure that their morale is down because the commanders of all the three major outfits have been eliminated. And they are facing shortage of other things as well,” he said.
Earlier, the army dedicated the ‘Chinar 9 Jawan Club’ to local populace of Baramulla, a multifaceted institute oriented towards providing Recreational Avenues and Skill Development opportunities for the local youth of the region.
At an impressive function organised by the Army under the aegis of Chinar Corps the Youth Club at Baramulla was inaugurated by Lt Gen Satish Dua in presence of prominent citizens, educationists and Senior Govt Officials including Ms Yasha Mudgal, DDC Baramulla and Sh. Imtiyaz Hassan, SSP, Baramulla. Conceptualised by the Corps Commander himself this Club affords multiple avenues to the youth including Recreational facilities for fun & frolic and Skill Development, in six courses, for future employment.
While welcoming the large audience, including the youth & the media, Major General JS Nain, GOC of Baramulla based Army Garrison, gave an overview of the Chinar 9 Jawan Club at Baramulla which has been established in a record time of 50 days.  The Club offers a number of Recreational and Informational Avenues in terms of an eight Terminal High Speed Internet Cafes’, a well stocked Reference Library (500 books), a Modern Multi Station Outdoor Gymnasium, Indoor Games to include Pool, Table Tennis, Carrom Board, Chess & Darts and Outdoor Games facilities like Basketball, Badminton and also a Mixed Martial Arts Arena. In addition to this, a fast food joint alongwith a gifts gallery has also been set up for the youth to enable them to spend their leisure time in a positive manner.
Besides catering to the recreational needs, the Club is also an ideal platform to give wings to the aspirational needs of the youth through the medium of Skill Development. Skill Development in six identified fields like Basic Computer & Information Training, Computer Hardware and Peripheral Repairs, Hospitality Services, Sales Executive Training, Fashion Designing and Life Skills will be provided at zero cost to the local youth. The Club has an annual capacity to train over 750 youth (boys and girls) of which the first batch of 150 has already been fully subscribed to.