Mehbooba Mufti says TV channels spreading false info on Kashmir, affecting tourist flow

The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister says electronic media make the state seem dangerous.

india Updated: May 10, 2017 23:59 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Srinagar
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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.(PTI Photo)

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday blamed TV channels for spreading “false propaganda” about the state, projecting the Valley as a dangerous area which she said was preventing people from travelling to the state.

Inaugurating a two-day national medical conferences here, Mufti said: “I would like to put on record my appreciation of distinguished doctors who have come from outside the state, despite the propaganda we see on electronic media every night 24x7.”

“I am many a times told by the tourists that ‘We are amazed and amused when we are sitting in shikharas or hotels and watch the evening news’. They have to pinch themselves to know that they are in the same place that is called Kashmir which television is talking about. They make it seem so dangerous.”

The chief minister inaugurated the second Jammu and Kashmir Medical Sciences Congress and the first annual conference of Metabolic Syndrome, Pre-diabetes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (MPPCOS) Society here, which was slated to be attended by over 2,000 medical experts and researchers.

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However, only 1,200 delegates are attending due to the ongoing tensions in the state.

A senior doctor associated with the organising committee said of the total delegates registered, 250 are national faculty while only 15 international faculty are attending the event against the total registration of 100.

Speaking on the health issues concerning Kashmir Valley, Mufti called for collective and collaborative efforts by researchers and medical practitioners to address the spread of non communicable diseases (NCD) in society.

She said massive health programmes and awareness about the spread and causes of these diseases are what can deliver the desired results.

Present on the occasion were director general of Indian Council of Medical Research Soumaya Swaminathan; director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences Randeep Guleria, director of Sher-i- Kashmir Institute of Medial Sciences(SKIMS) Prof Ahangar, and Ashraf Ganie, professor of endocrinology at SKIMS, who was also the convener of the conference.

The chief minister also launched the official website of MPPCOS society on Wednesday. The theme of the conference is ‘Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries’.

The three-day event will include thematic medical sciences exhibition, panel discussions, paper presentations, workshops and plenary lectures. Medical achievers and young scientists would be awarded at the conclave.

First Published: May 10, 2017 23:58 IST