Youth Policy

The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, government of India, recently said that the Government of India has been successful in implementing the provisions of National Youth Policy (NYP), 2014.

National youth Policy 2014:

  • India is one of the youngest nations in the world and is expected to have a very favourable demographic profile in the near future. This is a great opportunity as well as a challenge. NYP-2014 seeks to suggest a framework for appropriate policy interventions by Government and non-Government stakeholders, to empower the youth to enable them to realize their full potential as also to contribute to the progress of the nation.
  • 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. 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.

Salient features of the Policy:

  • The National Youth Policy 2014 defines the age of youth as persons between the age 15-29 years.
  • The National Youth Policy 2014 seeks to define the vision of the Government of India for the youth of the country and identify the key areas in which action is required to enable youth development and to provide a framework for action for all stakeholders.
  • The Policy identifies eleven specific priority areas for action, as under:
    1. Employment and Skill Development.
    2. Health and Healthy Lifestyle.
    3. Promotion of Social Values.
    4. Community Engagement.
    5. Participation in Politics and Governance.
    6. Youth Engagement.
    7. Social Justice.

How will it help?

  • The focused approach on youth development and empowerment involving all stakeholders, as envisaged in NYP-2014, would result in development of an educated and healthy young population, who are not only economically productive, but are also socially responsible citizens contributing to the task of nation building.
  • It will cover the entire country catering the needs of all youth in the age-group of 15-29 years, which constitutes 27.5% of the population according to Census-2011, that is about 33 crore persons.
  • It will replace NYP-2003, to take care of developments since 2003 and future policy imperatives.

Sources: PIB.

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