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National Youth Policy-2014 unveiled
Jan 10, 2014

The youth in India, aged between 15-29 years, constitutes 27.5 percent of the population or about 33 crore persons, making the country one of the youngest in the world. Thus to enhance the demographic dividend, The Union Cabinet has unveiled a new National Youth Policy 2014 replacing National Youth Policy-2003 currently in force.

The vision of NYP-2014 is to empower youth to achieve their full potential, to participate in priority areas of education, skill development and entrepreneurship, besides participation in politics and governance.

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 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, however, does not propose any specific programme or scheme having financial implications but all ministries and departments would be asked to bring to focus on youth issues within the framework of their plans, programmes and schemes.


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