State Youth Policy will soon be a reality: Tawadkar

MARGAO: The Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr Ramesh Tawadkar, on Tuesday, announced that the State Youth Policy for Goa will soon be a reality and all the social clubs, educational institutions and mahila mandals would be incorporated into it.

"We are here to mull over the modalities of the Youth Policy for Goa which will be ready in three months," declared the Sports and Youth Minister, Mr Ramesh Tawadkar, while speaking at the All Goa Youth Convention at Ravindra Bhavan in Margao.

Mr Tawadkar further announced that the Youth Development Fund and Goa State Youth Development Corporation too would be created within that policy.

The Goa State Development Corporation would have its branches in all talukas of the state, he added.

"Minimum three-lakh youth will be contacted in three months and all the social clubs, educational institutes and mahila mandals too would be incorporated into it," he said.

While charging the previous Congress government for keeping negligent attitude towards state’s youth and the policy, the minister said the dream of the present government was to make Goa an ideal and model state and "for this youth should also be ideal in their life."

He also explained that youth coming from different areas like coastal areas, villages, orphanages, jails, educated and uneducated and economic backward classes have different problems and "we would study all these problems in detail to decide the modalities of the upcoming youth policy."

Later, Mr Tawadkar also focused on the role of youth in national integration and social values saying that youth could play a major role in shaping the contours of the country and the state as well.

While delivering the keynote address, Mr Vishnu Wagh, MLA from St Andre emphatically said that the politicians of the state had earlier used the youth for their own political benefits.

"But, now time has come that the youth of Goa should ask themselves who am I?...name is not important but duty is important...we shall all ignite the values and ethics rendered by our great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekanand in ourselves," he appealed to altogether 900 youth from all 12 talukas present on the occasion.

"Don’t be beggars but learn to fight for your right," he appealed to the youth.

The MLA further said that the Goan culture, nature, social life, heritage all should be protected and all this "must be incorporated into the upcoming state youth policy."

The convention was called to form a core committee which would be instrumental in formulating the Goa State Youth Policy and it was felt that members nominated should frequently meet and compile opinions and suggestions made by various experts, institutions, NGOs, youth belonging to various categories.

It was felt at the convention that "all shall work in unison towards preparing a draft of the proposed State Youth Policy aimed at being finalised and approved by higher authorities at the earliest so as to make it available for implementation in the state of Goa by the end of this year, being the 150th birth anniversary year of the great youth icon of India, Swami Vivekanand."

The former Fatorda BJP MLA and chairman of Ravindra Bhavan, Mr Damodar Naik, Mr Subhash Faldesai, MLA from Sanguem, Dr Pramod Sawant, MLA from Sanquelim and the sports secretary Mr Keshav Chandra also addressed the youth’s convention.