Youth will be the Architect of Golden Future of JK: Home Minister Amit Shah
Srinagar, Oct 24: We have 70% youth population in Jammu & Kashmir and they are shaping the present and building the golden future of Union Territory as we speak, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah said during interaction with members of youth clubs at Raj Bhawan.
The Home Minister said with the establishment of 4,500 youth clubs in Jammu & Kashmir, the government has included the young generation in the development process so they can actively participate in designing the path to transform the entire community.
“Only youth can be the agents of change in any sphere of life and without their participation, transformation is not possible. The events of stone pelting, terrorism, violence have been replaced by the youth of the same Jammu & Kashmir, who are focused about development, employment, scholarship, skill development. People themselves can see how much change has happened,” the Home Minister said.
Stressing upon the need for engaging youth and making them equal partners in the design and development of stability and sustainability of a prosperous Jammu & Kashmir, the Home Minister said, no force can stop this wind of change and a new era will begin in Jammu & Kashmir and for this such programs (youth clubs) are necessary.
“If hope is instilled in the minds of this 70% population, if they are encouraged, if they are associated with development works, if they are focused on their education, skill development, employment and if they are made ambassadors of peace and development of Jammu & Kashmir, then no one can ever disturb the peace of this region,” the Home Minister said.
The Home Minister highlighted that there are 4500 youth clubs registered all over Jammu & Kashmir, out of which 4229 youth clubs are in rural areas, which are working to connect the youth in the respective areas with the activity of development, sports, education, employment and skill upgradation. Applauding the concept of ‘Youth Club’, the Home Minister pointed out that it is a multi-faceted program, which also generates livelihood, advances education, skill development, economic development, grants, counseling and guidance, besides adding various aspects of healthcare up gradation to it.
“Under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Government of Jammu & Kashmir had set a goal that a youth club to be formed in every Panchayat and urban ward. I am happy to note that this milestone was achieved in a short span of time. A program has been institutionalized to provide assistance of Rs 25,000 to every youth club. Buildings have also been provided, Sports Engagement Program has been started all over J&K,” the Home Minister observed.
The Home Minister further said that the Government of India has decided to make multi-faceted use of these youth clubs for the development of the entire Jammu & Kashmir in various areas, such as emergency management, health, communication, skills, capacity building and training.
“Every person’s life is full of possibilities, but it depends on the person how he utilizes the opportunities that knock on the door. So, it is for the youth to decide whether he wants to sit with a negative mindset or ready to exploit the available opportunities with an optimistic mind and come out on the top”, the Home Minister said
“India has immense potential for every youth and Prime Minister Modi has launched start-ups and many other programs to realize their dreams. Modi ji has started several platforms through which the youth from even the smallest and remotest village of Jammu & Kashmir can showcase their power on the global stage. You need guidance, information and opportunities to tap into all these possibilities and this youth club will provide all three of these things to you,” the Home Minister told the members of Youth Club during his interaction.