Unemployment, lack of skill education, drugs and gender inequality were the key questions raised by the youth cadre of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) during the “Punjab Dialogue” programme held for youths in Patiala on Saturday.
The party has announced to make its manifesto for Vidhan Sabha polls 2017 after a dialogue with different sections of the society in the state. The AAP leaders had already held dialogues with farmers, women and industrialists earlier. State convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, “Punjab Dialogue” head Kanwar Sandhu, comedian-turned-to AAP leader Gurpreet Ghuggi and AAP senior leader Chander Suta Dogra listened to the suggestions made by the youths who had reached here from various parts of the state at Guntas Palace, near Sidhhuwal village, Bhadson Road.
On being asked about the suggestions to solve the problems of youths, Gopal Singh, who had reached from Lehragaga, said, “Less educated persons have been serving in the government sectors and youths have been forced to seek jobs in private sectors for paltry salary. Despite having completed BEd and MEd, new tests like teacher eligibility test have been imposed on them. It’s time to look into these problems.”
Meanwhile, a young doctor, Dr Sameer Modi, suggested “There are over 1,000 seats of MBBS in different medical colleges, while only 20 % out of them gets admission into MD courses because of the limited seats. Usually patients demand specialisation. So we seek more seats of MD in different fields. The numbers of MD doctors should be increased in the state so that patient can get better services.”
AAP’s ‘Punjab Dialogue’ head Kanwar Sandhu, said, “The youth of the state has been facing unemployment. The exact data of unemployment is not available but according to a survey, 15 lakh youth was unemployed in 1998; it is obvious that the numbers have increased. The education system has lost its relevance and the government is not making efforts to reduce gender inequality and women are not secure in the state.” Sandhu added, “We have tried to hear the voice of Punjab youth. We noted that apart from unemployment, drugs and poor education system are major problems of our youth. The lack of MD doctors’ seats in medical colleges was also highlighted. After theses sessions and dialogue programmes, we will announce a comprehensive youth policy.”
As the youth raised questions on Jatism, drugs and vulgarism in Punjab songs, leaders of “Punjab Dialogue” announced to make a cultural policy which they said would find a place in the election manifesto. “We don’t want to promote vulgarity or drugs in songs and movies. The adequate representation of artistes would be welcomed but they will not be allowed to violate the moral values. We will make a cultural policy, if AAP is voted to power in the state” said, AAP leader Gurpreet Ghuggi.