BJP Yuva Morcha seeks youth policy

The Yuva Morcha of the BJP is keen that the State government come out with a ''youth policy'' ahead of the State budget to streamline programmes and allocation of funds for the youth.

Representatives of various blocks of the morcha on Sunday put their heads together at a day-long seminar in Bangalore to chalk out their priorities and suggestions that need to go into the youth policy.

The morcha plans to present its suggestions to the government in the days to come. The morcha wants the State policy to be based broadly on the national youth policy brought out by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in 2002 for the development of human resources, but with a focus on implementing the policy measures.

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda had announced at the national youth festival in Mangalore recently that the State budget for the fiscal 2012-13 will give top priority to youth.

At the deliberation on Sunday, it was felt that the policy should have a roadmap to encourage the role of the youth in sports, culture and social sector, Morcha general secretary S V Raghavendra said.

Having a separate department for sports by delinking it from youth affairs, setting up academies exclusively for youth in folk arts and launch of a programme on the lines of Gujarat “Samaydan” wherein youths are encouraged to contribute at least 100 hours of their time in a year towards community services especially in the areas of education, health, cleanliness and environment were some of the other suggestions made.

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