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Coming soon: A state policy on youth

mumbai Updated: Jan 14, 2010 00:26 IST
Ketaki Ghoge
Ketaki Ghoge
Hindustan Times
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* Sex education in all schools,
* Open elections in state universities,
* Career counselling centres, student loans and scholarships

The government will have to do a rethink on all these issues seriously while formulating the youth policy for the state.
The Sports and Youth Affairs minister Suresh Shetty on Wednesday set up a committee of young legislators, journalists, student representatives to work out a policy, which will look at all these issues and more, within the next 45 days.

Just a day before, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule-led Nav Maharashtra Yuva Abhiyan (NMYA) had submitted a draft youth policy to the state government. This is being looked upon as an impetus for the state to work out its own policy.

“We will look at the recommendations in their report and adopt what is feasible into our policy. The idea of the youth policy is to engage with youth, provide them with opportunities like studies, career and listen to their requirements,’’ said Shetty.

NMYA, an organisation working with youth, has been working on the policy for the last one year. It partnered with various organisations including YUVA, Prayas, TISS, engaged with over 3,000 youngsters to formulate the policy, which aims to bring
priorities, needs of the youth under the state agenda.

Sule had engaged with the government before working on the report and submitted the draft report to the Chief minister Ashok Chavan last year.

“We are hopeful that the state will adopt our suggestions in their policy. The government will take a call on how to implement it at the end of the day,” said Sule. If her report proves to be a rough blueprint for the state’s policy, we will see better student centric infrastructure like youth hostels, scholarships, better structured employment exchanges.

There will be an Autonomous State Youth Commission to evaluate youth centric decisions taken every three years. And, there will be district youth offices to implement various youth schemes.