Chandigarh: Giving a clarion call to the youth of state, “to become their own ideal”, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday announced that he will hold ‘Naujawan Sabha’ meetings with the youth twice a month for a direct dialogue with them.
In a video message he exhorted the youth to not to allow anyone to play with their emotions as such mischievous elements disappear after fulfilling their vested interests.
He said the purpose of these meetings was to directly interact with the youth and get their feedback and suggestions so that the government can formulate policies suitable for them to start new businesses and undertake other innovative initiatives.
Mann said that a thorough discussion will be held with the youth every 15 days, to take their suggestions for bolstering the agriculture, transport and other sectors.
Describing the youth of Punjab as skilled, capable and determined, he said, “The youth have thousands of dreams to shape their future but it is a pity that they are not provided with adequate opportunities to fulfill their dreams. The Punjab government will give fulsome support to youth to start new businesses.”
Mann said youth of the state were full of new and innovative ideas that can be helpful for the growth and prosperity of Punjab.
He said that his government will leave no stone unturned for ensuring that youth of the state get the required platform and support.
He said, “My target is to ensure that the youth of Punjab are not branded as ‘aimless’. I want
you to be your own role model, therefore, no one else can take advantage of your abilities and potential”.
Mann urged the youth to acquire higher education to get top positions and lamented that
in the age of technology, Punjabi youth were least interested in acquiring the skill knowledge for better vistas of employment adding that the admission rate in Punjab Technical University (PTU) has staggeringly dipped to only 35 per cent. Similarly, while referring to Lovely Professional University, he said 40,000 students were pursuing higher education in this university, but only 5,200 students were from the state.
He said, “It is my heartfelt wish that the youth of Punjab should not become job seekers but
job givers. The youth of Punjab will reach to higher positions and not be coerced to go to jails.”
He said due to work culture in foreign countries, Punjabi youths have proved their mettle
by sheer hard work, resilience and perseverance adding that they have managed to establish and expand their businesses more than the foreigners. He said that these countries have achieved the status of developed countries due to work culture only.
Sharing experience from his personal life, CM said, “I work more than 12 hours every day for
the betterment of Punjab and even on holidays, I attend meetings along with handling government files. Every day, I try to take some new initiative or decision for the welfare of Punjabis so that we
can make Punjab a progressive state soon.”