Young people in all countries are both a major human resource for development and key agents for social
change, economic development and technological innovation. Their imagination, ideals, considerable
energies and vision are essential for the continuing development of the societies in which they live. The
problems that young people face as well as their vision and aspiration are essential components of the
challenges and prospects of today’s societies and future generations. The Youth represent the most
dynamic and vibrant segment of the population. India is one of the youngest nations in the World, with
about 65 per cent of the population being under 35 years of age. While most of these developed countries
face the risk of an ageing workforce, India is expected to have a very favourable demographic profile.
These were the views of Shri Sanjeev Dubey (Member) of Central Raj Bhasha Samiti (Home Ministry)
and Urban Development –Housing and Poverty Pacing Ministry, Government of India.
He says that the challenges faced by today’s youth and suggesting strategies and recommendations for
uprooting them and attempts at creating such a nation where women are considered equally respectful
and dominant as men is paramount wake. There is also a critical need to involve young people in
decisions that will affect them.
He emphasizes that we cannot talk about sustainable development without the active involvement of
youth, these ideas forward to harness the demographic dividend, holding human rights, gender equality,
human capital, and dignity at the center of all our investments. The government has launched the
National Youth Policy (NYP 2014) to cater the needs of youth in India. It is a comprehensive policy
document that states the vision of the Government of India (GOI) for the youth of the country and also
how this vision is sought to be realized by the government.
It is essential that the economy has the ability to support the increase in the labour force and the youth
have the appropriate education, skills, health awareness and other enablers to productively contribute to
the economy. This demands the commitment of the entire nation to all-round development of the youth of
India, so that they can realize their full potential and contribute productively to nation-building process.
This can be done by empowering youth.