Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Friday said the state will release its first youth policy within two months.
Chavan, who convened the meeting of the committee on sports policy at the state secretariat, said the policy should not remain solely on paper but get implemented across the state and reflect aspirations of lakhs of youth in the age group of 13 to 35.
Youth and Sports Affairs minister Suresh Shetty, who had initiated the process of forming the committee for the youth policy, requested Chavan for convergence of various departments to implement it.
He said, “The youth policy should emphasise social and economic challenges faced by youngsters in a globalised era.’’
Chavan has created subgroups with the 36-member committee to head broad areas such as health, science and technology, education.
BJP legislator Devendra Phadnavis will head the education and skills development core group, political analyst B. Venkatesh Kumar will head the group on science and technology and Congress legislator Praniti Shinde the group on health and environment.
These groups will deliberate for a month and half to chalk out a policy on the specific area.
Shinde and Kumar said the suggestions should be sought from youngsters by putting up the idea on the Internet.
Chavan has also directed the committee members to cover specific briefs such as ensuring rural youth is alcohol addiction free, to study what are the main concerns of youngsters in urban and rural areas and to see if they can be encouraged to take up new-age agriculture.
Single-window system for port development
The state will soon have in place a new ports policy that will set up an easier and single-window system for private developers to develop ports.
Chavan, while addressing a conference on Ports of Maharashtra- Gateway to India on Friday, said the policy is expected to be tabled in the state cabinet soon, which will also give out several sops that will attract more developers to invest in them.
“We have a 720-km coastline in the state where there are several ports that we should use for the state’s economic development. Currently, 10 ports are being developed, and we would like the others to be developed on similar lines,” Chavan said.
On March 1, Hindustan Times had reported the state plans to develop 58 commercial ports, jetties and shipyards on a PPP basis for which an investment of Rs 20,000 crore is expected.