International Youth Day
A great gathering was organised at Bhilwara on August 12, 2005 to commemorate the International Youth Day in which around 350 people participated. The main agendas taken up were of youth’s rights and awareness rally and National Youth Policy 2003. The Superintendent of Police, Bhilwara Govind Gupta, flagged off the rally. The awareness rally commenced at the District Collector’s office and passing through different areas culminated at Hari Sewa Marg. Various slogans like, ‘youth are the pride of the nation’, ‘youth are the strength of the nation’, ‘youth are the destiny of the nation’ filled the air.
Later, a function was organised at the Arihant Hotel, which was chaired by the Assistant Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), R K Srivastava. Also present on the occasion was the Additional District Education Officer, Geeta Gujar. R. K. Srivastava, while emphasising the youth power said that the progress of the nation depends on them, hence, they should be provided with a suitable atmosphere so that they can grow and contribute to the well being of the nation. He also reiterated that youth are human resources full of energy and vibrancy, and their potentials should be utilised in a constructive manner.
At the commencement of the gathering, CHD coordinator, Dhanna Singh Rawat welcomed the participants, and elucidated the history, background and importance of International Youth Day saying that it is a day to recognise the strength and creativity of youth and to think about utilising it in the well being of the nation.
Geeta Gujar appealed to the youth to be empowered and useful for the nation by educating themselves. She said that our youth have the capacity to change the prevailing situation and only a small inspiration is required for this. She also urged the youth to simultaneously think about self as well as social development. India has great expectations from the youth and it is their foremost duty to fulfill those expectations.
The youngsters present in the gathering also expressed their views, including the girls, who felt that they have to shoulder the increasing burden of society. The girls also pointed out that little attention is paid to the primary education when it comes to the girl’s education. Seeta, from Kachlodiya village, appealed to all the girls that they should take up this matter to their families as well as to the society and convince them to pay attention to the predicament. Small group presentations were made on the issues related to National Youth Policy 2003, rights and responsibilities of the youth, expectations of the society from the youth and administration etc.