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Stress to incorporate NE specific targets

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, June 3 � Experts and activists from across the country would meet at Guwahati to stress the incorporation of North East specific targets in the National Youth Policy, 2003 the draft proposal for which has been prepared under the banner of Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS), an NGO, in consultation with academicians and those working for the youth welfare.

The discussion programme would be a part of the National Smile Fest organised to commemorate fifty years of existence of the IGSSS. The two-day programme is being held at Don Bosco Institute, Kharguli.

The prepared draft policy has been titled 'North East Regional policy on Youth'.

�The National Youth Policy, 2003 has been found wanting in certain aspects, particularly in the context of the region, which is why a policy catering to the needs of the youths of the region has become a dire necessity,� said Mangneo Lhingdum, regional manager (NE), IGSSS while talking to media persons on Wednesday.

�The National Policy is to be reviewed in this year and we want the Centre to incorporate the NE-specific aims, which has not been included in the existing policy,� Lhingdum rued.

He went on to inform that though the draft policy on 'North East Regional policy on Youth' has been prepared, further discussion would be held to come out with a comprehensive policy.

The policy would then be submitted to the Ministry of Sports and Youth Welfare for consideration.

The meet will bring together Government and civil society organizations, students' union from different tribes, youths and SMILE Alumni to value young people and recognize their needs in today situation.

Further, it also strives to connect youths from other parts of the country with those from the region.

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