Sports Ministry To Tap North-East Youth’s Potential

NEW DELHI, Jan 27:  In a major initiative, the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry has drawn up a program for the skill development and employment of youth which will start with the North-Eastern region soon.

As part of the project, a workshop would be organized here on February 4 for the Youth and Sports Ministers and other officials of the North Eastern states to work out the specific programs for the region.

New Sports Minister Ajay Maken told reporters that the age group of 15 to 35 constituted about 40 per cent of the country’s total population and it was imperative to provide opportunities and skill development programs for them.

“The aim would be to make the youth a vibrant force against all existing streams of divisive, extremist and separatist forces,” he said.

Giving details of the scheme, Maken said the country would be divided into four parts for the program — Jammu and Kashmir, North Eastern states, Tribals areas and the rest of the country.

Maken said the projects, in collaboration with FICCI, will start with the North Eastern region while the Naxal-infested tribal areas will be taken up next in March-April.

“We have to draw up new schemes for the youth as some of the schemes have become outdated. These are specific programs and tailor-made for each region. The focus will be skill development and employment through sports,” he said.

“If we can generate skill development programs and employment, the insurgency-related problems could also be addressed. Unemployment is a root cause for such problems,” he pointed out.

Talking about the north-eastern region, Maken said infrastructure has to be developed in the region. “In north east, there is natural talent for sports. We have to use,” he explained.

He said after drawing up the programs, he will approach the Planning Commission and Finance Ministry for financial assistance.

Asked whether he has earmarked a specific budget for the programs, the Minister said the financial details will be worked out at a later stage. “That is the second stage, we will work that out later,” he said. Maken admitted that many of the youth development schemes suffered due to lack of proper evaluation in the past. “These schemes have been prepared in such a way that it has an in-built system of evaluation. All the future programs will have this in-built system of evaluation so that we are in a position to measure the output,” he said.

(Courtesy: Press Trust of India)

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  1. Karma says:

    If football is to become a popular sport within our region, it has to be a sincere contribution from the people of North East, who can start a football academy by investing in young under 13 talents and nurture them into skillful players under a foreign coach, I believe that only people of North East, Nepal and Bhutan can raise the level of game to an International standard, Indian physic is only suitable for game like cricket.

    I hope the concerned in the region will give it a wise thought, in order to revive our Mongolian spirit, and for the people of North East to be taken seriously.