Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today extended the Valley`s famous hospitality to 250 children of 33 different states and union territories of the country by bearing the expenses of their Gondola cable car ride at Gulmarg.
"You are not only our guests but our children, as such my office will arrange and bear the expenditure of your Gulmarg visit and Gondola ride," Omar said during his interaction with the young boys and girls participating in a national camp here.
The Chief Minister was responding to a request from the children for a Gondola ride.
"Jammu and Kashmir is known for its hospitality world over," he quipped while issuing instructions for fulfilling the children`s wish.
The CM asked the children to take the Valley`s message of love and affection back to their respective homes.
"Tell them about the hospitality, natural beauty and cultural richness of Jammu and Kashmir and make them visit this place along with you again and again," he said.
The camp has been organised by the Indian Council of Children Welfare, New Delhi, with the collaboration of several departments of the host state.
Terming children as future of the country, Omar said their proper grooming, inculcating the spirit of public service, self-help and confidence along with academic excellence is imperative to cultivate capable human resource to lead the country ably.