Will welcome cinema halls in J&K: Omar
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
on Saturday said his government will welcome setting up of cinema
halls in the state but will not force anyone to do so.
"Cinema halls have always been a private sector
enterprise. If anyone wants to set up a cinema hall in the
state, the government will be happy to look into it," he told
reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
However, the state government is neither in the business
of setting up cinema halls nor will give subsidy to any such
venture, he said.
Cinema halls were closed in Kashmir Valley following
attacks by militants in the early days of militancy in 1990.
Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, who is also National
Conference president, had advocated reopening of cinema halls
and liquor shops in Kashmir so that tourists visiting the
Valley have more entertainment options.
His statement had evoked sharp criticism from separatist
groups and religious organisations in the Valley which said
cinema and liquor were root causes of most social evils.
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