Draft youth policy recommends multi-level 'yuva mandalis'

Draft youth policy recommends multi-level 'yuva mandalis'

Local peace committees to work in tandem with the forum

The draft Karnataka Youth Policy 2012 envisages setting up of Vivekananda youth forums (yuva mandalis) at village, taluk, district and State-level to play an important role in promoting peace and solidarity in society, besides chalking out schemes and programmes related to youth.

“Yuva Mandalis will have an important action agenda – the promotion of peace, solidarity, community partnership and human oneness in their areas. Local peace committees will work in tandem with yuva mandalis,” the policy stated.

The draft, prepared by an eight-member drafting committee headed by pro-vice chancellor of Jain University Sandeep Shastri, was released by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Thursday. The government had also set up a nine-member steering committee headed by vice-chairman of the Sports Authority of Karnataka Girish Patil to prepare the document, dedicated to Swami Vivekananda’s vision and mission.

The draft said youth would be identified as a clear-cut segment and would be provided special space as stakeholders at multiple-levels. Mandalis will be created to give aspirations and perspectives of youth on different issues. The target age group of youth, as per the draft, is 16 to 30 years.

The policy said voluntary youth groups could be formed in every locality for monitoring the implementation of youth related programmes and schemes of the government. This will give an opportunity to the youth who wish to serve the community. It has suggested the government to focus on eight sectors, including providing educational opportunities, access to healthcare, sports and recreational facilities, skill development and employment opportunities.

Separate corporation

The draft proposed setting up of a State Youth Empowerment Corporation to monitor and evaluate the implementation of different youth related programmes.
Besides, it would act as an umbrella agency to involve all stakeholders, including youth, in chalking out programmes and schemes. The policy has also proposed a host of schemes and programmes for the empowerment of youth.

Speaking after releasing the draft, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Appachu Ranjan said the policy was aimed at developing patriotic spirit among the youth, besides making them self-reliant. A proposal has been mooted to set up a separate youth corporation in the name of Swami Vivekananda, he added. He said the government would invite suggestions and objections, if any, from the public before finalising the policy.

Access to playgrounds

The draft Youth Policy has proposed that youth should get access to play fields owned by sporting bodies, corporations, universities and educational institutions which have got land from the government.

The policy has suggested ensuring availability of adequate number of play fields to youth in both urban and rural areas, reviewing the existing sports infrastructure, ensuring appointment of qualified coaches, appointment of qualified physical education faculty in schools and extending welfare measures to sportspersons.

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