Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal here today, has given approval to the Haryana State Youth Policy, which aims to empower the youth of the state to achieve their full potential to facilitate all round

  • Chandigarh, Feb 13– Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal here today, has given approval to the Haryana State Youth Policy, which aims to empower the youth of the state to achieve their full potential to facilitate all round development of the society.
  • The policy aims at addressing the age-bracket of 15 to 29 years with a view to have more focused approach which is in line with the definition of youth provided in the National Youth Policy.
  • The objectives of the policy are to create productive work force that can make a sustainable contribution to the state’s and India’s economic development. It also aims to develop a strong and healthy generation equipped to take on future challenges. The policy will instil social values and promote community service to build national ownership. It will facilitate participation and civic engagement at all levels of governance. It will also support youth at risk and create equitable opportunity for all disadvantaged and marginalised youth.
  • The department of Sports and Youth Affairs will function as the nodal department for the implementation of the policy by establishing an appropriate coordination mechanism. The departments of Education, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Women and Child Development, Social Justice and Empowerment, Technical Education, Employment and Training, Health and Family Welfare, Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Science and Technology, Forests and Environment, Culture, Tourism, Information Technology, Agriculture, Revenue and Disaster Management, Home, Labour and Industries have significant components of their policies and programmes that are relevant to young people. Keeping this in view, a High Powered Committee will be set up under the chairmanship of Chief Minister with the Ministers of all concerned departments, Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Finance. The Committee will review the implementation of the youth policy and give it further direction whenever required. The Administrative Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Department will be the Member-Convener of the High Powered Committee.
  • A Task Force under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary will be formed with Administrative Secretaries of concerned departments. The Director, Sports and Youth Affairs will be Member-Convener of the Task Force. The task force will set out criteria and draw up list of indicators for measuring the progress at state, district and block levels for the implementation of the programmes. At district level, the Deputy Commissioner will be responsible for coordination among different line departments.
  • The state government may also constitute a State Youth Commission for the purpose of overseeing the implementation of the programmes for educating and empowering the youths in the state, headed by a chairman and such number of members as deemed fit.
  • The evaluation of the policy will be carried out through neutral and credible agencies once every three years and the programmes and interventions will be tweaked and re-designed on the basis of these results and as per evolving needs of young people in the state. The policy will be reviewed every five years for appropriate changes warranted by the situation.