DIMAPUR, Jan 13 - Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal today said the youth of the Northeastern region have great responsibility in nation building.
Addressing the second day of the 31st triennial conference-cum-sports meet of Langpangkong Students� Conference (LKM) organised by Merangkong village at Tuli in Mokokchung district as chief guest, Sonowal said the challenge before the nation is to develop and empower its huge youth population as productive work force.
He said this in the context of youth in India in the age group of 15-29 years comprising 27.5 per cent of the population and added that the youth in this age group represent the most dynamic segment of the population and are the future of the nation.
Sonowal also urged the people to utilise the opportunity of new schemes launched under the banner of National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP), which is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme and has been tuned with the promise made to the people. He said the NYLP includes Neighbourhood Youth Parliament (NYP), Youth for Development Programme (YFDP), National Young Leaders Awards (NYLA), National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) and National Youth Development Fund (NYDF).
�The flagship schemes initiated by the Prime Minister such as Digital India, Skill India and Make in India will be the greatest term around in the history of our nation,� he stated.
On his arrival at Tuli, the Union Minister was accorded a warm welcome by the people of Tuli sub-division where a number of high-ranking officials were also present.
Earlier, the chief guest unfurled the LKM flag. The programme was chaired by former NSF president Tongpang Ozukum. Among others, Mokokchung Deputy Commissioner Sushil Kumar Patel and SP Aotemsu attended the programme.
The opening day�s programme yesterday was graced by Nagaland Parliamentary Secretary for Industries and Commerce Amenba Yaden.