Namchi, September 20, 2013
The first meeting of District Advisory Committee on Youth Program (DACYP) for the year 2013-14 was held today in the chamber of DC South.
The meeting was chaired by Prabhaker Verma, DC (South) who is also the chairman of DACYP. The meeting finalized and approved the annual action plan for the year 2013-14 and other related issues were discussed.
At the onset, Puran Chettri, Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) District Youth Coordinator informed the members regarding the new action plan of DACYP. He mentioned that district level teams under NYK will be formed to activate dormant clubs in the rural areas of South District which were formed in the past.
Further the teams with the support of Panchayats and GVKs will also help to form new youth clubs in rural areas of the district wherever necessary. These youth clubs will further promote all round development of the village and motivate the youth from negative activities towards positive path through various constructive actions.
They will also highlight the youth oriented schemes and policies of the state government in the villages amidst the youth during their workshops. It was also informed that the team leaders of the underdeveloped clubs will be provided training by NYK with the support of the district administration.
The NYK youth members will be provided training on theme based education and awareness program with moral education as well and skill development. Addressing anti social issues like drugs, alcohol and HIV AIDs will be part of the program he added.
In South District, Ravangla, Jorethang, Temi, Namthang, Sumbuk and Namchi have been selected by NYK to form youth clubs he informed. Panchayats and GVKs will be involved and updated regarding the activities of Nehru Yuva Kendra in the respective areas.
Chettri updated the members that in the year 1987-88, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) was set up as an autonomous organization under the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, to oversee working of these Kendras.
NYKS is the largest grassroots level organization; one of its kind in the world.
It channelizes the power of youth who are in the age group of 13-35 years on the principles of voluntarism, self-help and community participation.
He informed that this year for the first time Sikkim is receiving National Level Award in outstanding youth club award category and for this Rongli’s youth club in East Sikkim has been selected.
The committee also suggested NYK to tie up with North East Rural Livelihoods Project (NERLP) for further youth development assistance.
Verma emphasizing on the drugs abuse problem amongst the youth in the society asked NYK to come up with such activities which would help in tackling the crisis in effective manner.
DC South also suggested to involve parents and guardians in the awareness programs and added that the role of parents have greater part in handling this issue.
He further asked NYK to include disaster preparedness trainings in their workshops so that these trained youth can help during natural disaster period in their respective villages.
He also asked them to coordinate with the rural administration like panchayat office and Gram Vikas Kendras while forming new clubs and carrying out their activities in there. He underlined on engaging the youth in positive activities in the villages.
A selection committee for selection of Youth Club Award (South District) was also formed in the meeting wherein DC (South), State Coordinator NERLP, AD Sports & Youth Affairs Namchi, Retd Deputy Director HRDD and IPR Department Namchi are the members of the committee.
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