Pak Affairs

National Youth Policy to be finalized soon

ISLAMABAD: The government has announced to finalize a comprehensive National Youth Policy to provide opportunities and harness the true potential of the young generation which constitutes sixty three percent of the total population. This was stated by Federal Minister for Youth Shahid Hussein Bhutto while addressing the three day National Youth Summit here Saturday

He said a meeting of provincial ministers has been convened on the sixth of next month to give final touches to the draft policy. He said the policy will soon be placed before the cabinet for approval during the current fiscal year. Outlining some key features of the policy, The Minister said it will focus on the provision of conducive environment and employment opportunities to the youth.

He said the policy envisages increased delegation level contacts among the youth of all the provinces with the aim to promote national cohesion and integration. He said increased youth to youth contacts will also abreast them about the rich culture and heritage of the country. He said the policy will also emphasize upon resolving the problems being faced by the youth in their daily lives.

Shahid Hassan Bhutto said the draft policy has been prepared in consultation with all the stakeholders including the Parliamentarians, NGOs and recommendations coming out of this Youth conference will also be accommodated after due consideration.

The Federal Minister said Pakistan Peoples Party under its manifesto is committed to work for the welfare of youth and provide them better job opportunities. He said the PPP Chairperson Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had special love and affiliation for the youth and therefore she had created a youth group within the party.

He said the PPP government will launch youth specific programmes and various steps in this regard have already been taken. He said the Youth Development programme has been launched for the technical training of about 2.5 million young people. He said during the training period, the trainees will be given a handsome apprenticeship.

Shahid Hassan Bhutto noted the skill development of the youth will help them earn jobs in the foreign markets and build a better image of the country in the world. He said the government is particularly focusing on the wellbeing of rural youth who have less opportunity to groom as compared to the urban youth. He said it has been decided to provide maximum representation to the rural youth in the youth specific foreign trips.

Participants of the conference called for pro-youth policies for the country’s better tomorrow. They said the government should end the status quo by ending social injustice, unemployment, gender biasness besides providing better education and entertainment facilities, which they said, would go a long way in preparing the future leadership of the country.-SANA

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