The state government has invited suggestions from young people to draft the state’s youth policy.
The suggestions, which might be included in the policy, should be sent through emails or they should be faxed to the sports and youth affairs section before June 7.
The policy based on the 2003 National Youth Policy is meant for the age group of 13 to 35 years, which comprises almost 40 per cent of the state’s population. Focus will be on issues like employment, education counselling, youth commission formation, among others.
“We have formed a committee of 50 people from different backgrounds who will be involved in forming the policy. But it is only after we get suggestions from the youth and youth-based NGOs on the aspects that are to be included in the policy that we can go ahead with it,” said N.B. Mote, deputy director of sports and youth affairs.
Along with the suggestions, there are public meetings planned for the youth to participate in and give their views.
The draft policy also proposes formation of district youth development centres to function like a single-window information system on employment opportunities, various career-oriented courses, health facilities and others.
It also puts a special focus on gender, tribal youth, dropouts and handicapped youth.