Governor advocates youth empowerment for Devt

IMPHAL, 13th Sep: Emphasising on the need to give proper guidance to youth who are the powerhouse of a nation to ensure conclusive development and uplift the society; Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has asserted that poverty eradication, good education standard, good governance and crime reduction which aim at minimising the rate of poverty to a significant level could be materialised through youth empowerment.
The Governor was speaking at the 3rd State Level Youth Convention 2019 cum Cultural Meet organised by Service Bridge Agency under the theme “Be the Voice of New India” at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan on Friday. Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Dr Najma Heptulla stated that India is considered the youngest nation with the country having 34 percent of the world’s total population of youth and if the powerhouse stored in the youth is harnessed in the right path then there would be no looking back for the country.
She asserted that empowered youth would understand the importance of education that leads to social improvement of the country and pave the path for better governance and also a skill to sustain livelihood for every citizen.
She observed that today’s youth are a major resource not only for development of financial prosperity but also for social changes but their infinite energy is yet to be channelized in the right direction.
The Governor also highlighted the ill effects of drug addiction amongst the youth and the impact of drug abuse in the state and sheer desperation of parents to rescue their children from drug addiction. Unfortunately, the state is substantially hit by drug trafficking and its concomitant issues. Ganja and poppy are widely cultivated and poverty is the key factor which drives unemployed locals to take up to such cultivation, she added.
“Seeing the gravity of this menace, I have taken an initiative for the state government to co-host a two-day Regional International Conference cum Meeting with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia on the theme ‘Comprehensive Approach to Combating Illicit Trafficking of Afghan Opiates and Drug Situation in the North East’ at Raj Bhavan from September 30,” she conveyed.
The Governor also informed that representatives from six South Asian countries and the seven north east states will congregate to hold brain storming deliberations on issues relating to drug trafficking and drug abuse.
Voicing concern over the scale of drug menace in the state, Dr Najma Heptulla encouraged the youth to stand united against the scourge of drug abuse which is detrimental to the prospects of young generation. She exuded confidence that if youth abstain from all bad habits, they will be able to shoulder the responsibility towards socio-economic development of the state and the country as a whole.
Appreciating the organiser of the youth convention for doing a commendable job in uniting the youth from different parts on a single platform, Dr Najma Heptulla stated that such convention should also be organised at different parts of the state to infuse the spirit of love, peace, compassion, hard work and commitment which in turn will contribute towards socio-economic development of the state.
Presiding over the function, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam stated that time has come for the people particularly intellectuals and highly-educated individuals to ponder over what significant things have been done for the youth to make them realise that they are the future pillars of the society.
He exhorted the youth not to feel disheartened by poor financial status and instead keep focussing on education which is the only tool to enlighten a person and gain valuable knowledge through which they could attain success in life.
The minister also urged the youth to grasp the nuances of human civilisation and stick to hard work to ensure a developed and peaceful society where there is no animosity amongst the different communities.
As part of the convention, technical sessions and discussions were held wherein RIMS psychiatrist Dr RK Lenin spoke on the topic “Internet Addiction & its Impact in our Health”; Manipur State AIDS Control Society joint director (CST) Dr Lucy Duidang on “Know your Status and get Treated”; Manipur University professor MC Arun on “Drug Problems and Need of a State Drug Policy” and SP Thoubal Dr S Ibomcha on the topic “Cyber Crime and Uses of Mobile Phone”.
Performance of cultural dances and songs marked the occasion.

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