Cabinet approves national youth policy
The union cabinet Thursday approved the National Youth Policy 2014, which focuses on education, skill development, employment, entrepreneurship and health.
The National Youth Policy-2014 (NYP-2014) replaced the NYP-2003 currently in force.
The vision of NYP-2014 is to empower youth to achieve their full potential and through them enable India to find its rightful place in the community of nations, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters here.
He said that for achieving this vision, the policy identifies five well-defined objectives and 11 priority areas and suggests policy interventions in each priority area.
The priority areas are education, skill development and employment, entrepreneurship, health and healthy lifestyle, sports, promotion of social values, community engagement, participation in politics and governance, youth engagement, inclusion and social justice.
The policy will cover the entire country, catering to the needs of all youth in the age-group of 15-29 years, which constitutes 27.5 per cent of the population, according to the 2011 census, Tewari said.
India is one of the youngest nations and is expected to have a very favourable demographic profile in the near future.
(Posted on 09-01-2014)