NATIONAL YOUTH POLICY
20th July, 2022 Social Issues
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- The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has announced in the Lok Sabha that the Union Government has prepared a new draft of the National Youth Policy.
- The Government has placed the draft in the public domain.
- The new draft is the reviewed version of the existing National Youth Policy, 2014.
- The Ministry has announced that the policy would be finalized after considering the received suggestions and after consultation with all stakeholders.
Key Points of the Draft Policy
- The new draft of the National Youth Policy presents a roadmap of 10 years for youth development that India would like to achieve by 2030.
- The objectives of the draft policy are aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- It aims to unlock the potential of youth to promote sustainable development in India.
- The draft seeks to ensure youth development on 5 priority areas;
- Employment and entrepreneurship.
- Youth leadership and development.
- Health, fitness and sports.
- Social justice.
- The policy aims to promote the education system in sync with National Education Policy, 2020 to ensure;
- Career opportunities and life skills to young people.
- To ensure access to sustainable livelihood opportunities.
- Encourages youth to revive the rural economy.
- Generate employment via regional-specific strategies.
- Promote entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship among youth.
- Support the informal and emerging gig economy.
- Encourage the inclusion of marginalised and disadvantaged youths in volunteering and leadership opportunities.
- Ensure the health and well-being of the youth, especially young women of reproductive age by strengthening preventative healthcare.
- Special care for mental health and sexual and reproductive health issues.
- Mobilising technology and data to improve healthcare delivery to ensure access to quality healthcare.
- Empower the youth and ensure their safety.
- Strengthen the legal system for the quick delivery of justice.
- Special efforts to ensure social justice for marginalised and vulnerable youths.
- The policy provides a roadmap to encourage the development of youth and also ensure a bright future for India.
- This national-level framework will provide a model for states, and states are free to formulate their youth policies according to the needs of the region.