National Youth Day Observed in Arunachal Pradesh

The Youth Affairs Department of Arunachal Pradesh organized an event on Tuesday on the occasion of National Youth Day to commemorate the 158th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at Dorjee Khandu Auditorium State Legislative Hall at Itanagar.
State Chief Minister Pema Khandu along with Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Mama Natung graced the event with their presence. The Chief Minister asserted that youths of Arunachal Pradesh have tremendous potential to meaningfully contribute in nation building as envisioned by the great of monk of the country, Swami Vivekananda, whose 158th birth anniversary is being celebrated as the National Youth Day across the country today.
Speaking to the youths on the occasion, Khandu said youths of today have access to education like never before and therefore are better equipped to shape the future of the state and the country.
He said Arunachal Pradesh is unique owing to its culturally diverse communities – about 26 major tribes and more than 100 sub-tribes – and that the onus is upon the educated and conscious youths of today to foster the pan-Arunachal identity by maintaining peace and communal harmony.
Underscoring ‘quality’ in education, Khandu said youths of today deserve quality education not quantity in education. He said in the earlier days there were very few schools but quality education was provided, while today schools are aplenty but the quality of education has dropped.
He lauded the Vivekananda Kendra for venturing into Arunachal and providing quality education specially in the late 70s through Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas, whose students are today in service of the nation in various capacities.
Khandu also emphasized on the role of today’s youths, who he pointed can be game changers if they have the will and guts.
“Youths today must have ‘muscles of iron and nerves of steel’, as quoted by Swamiji. They must have the guts to stand up against what is wrong. When they start to raise their voices against all things wrong, not only the outlook of the society will change but also keep the government on its toes,” Khandu said.
The Chief Minister took a veiled shot at random protests and protestors. He said few people tend to take democracy for a ride in the garb of fundamental right to protest.
“Such people forget about their responsibilities. But they must know that majority of the ‘silent’ population know the truth. But because these majority of population remain silent, they always get away with their vested interests,” he said and urged the youths not to remain mere spectators to such instances but reject them in one voice.
Talking about reforms in governance, he admitted many – including some politicians and bureaucrats – may not be comfortable at the beginning but asserted reforms must come.
“We have to come out of the comfort zone of yesteryears. To root out corruption and hassle-free delivery of services to the common people, reforms are must in governance. At times we have to take tough decisions, which may pinch a few but will be beneficial to our youths who are the future of our state,” he explained.
Taking advantage of the presence of large number of school and college students, Khandu raised the issue of drug abuse and termed it is ‘dangerous than terrorism’.
“Drug abuse can wipe out the future of an entire generation. Only educated youths like you can help in its eradication and further spread. We are here to help you,” he said.
Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Mama Natung was also present as Guest of Honour on the occasion organized by the state Youth Affairs Directorate in collaboration with Vivekananda Kendra, Arunachal Pradesh.
A special speech was delivered by Pai Dawe, Saha Prant Pramukh of Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Prant to encourage the youth followed by a felicitation programme to present the Youth Achievers Awards.
On the occasion Pernod Ricard India Foundation (PRIF) in partnership with Smile Foundation also launched an innovative program to support government schools in Arunachal Pradesh in upgrading menstrual hygiene facilities to ensure that no girl student stops coming to school in dearth of sanitary pads.
Implemented in 5 schools at (VKB Tafrogam, VKB Nirjuli, Sarda Missing, Khonso, Govt Higer Secondary Sepa and Gyaan Ganga Vidyapaeh) the menstrual hygiene management program has installed state-of-art sanitary pad dispensers at the selected schools. These machines are being installed in girl washrooms and common rooms and can be used by the students at ease and privacy. The sanitary pads can be easily disposed of after the use by placing them in the assistive zero-trace incinerators which converts the pads into dry ash.
The event also witnessed the participation of youth from NYSS, NSS, VKV, AVBP, BJYM and other dignitaries.


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