The Goa State Youth Policy, framed by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, tabled at the ongoing assembly session, envisages setting up of a Goa State Youth Welfare Corporation and establishment of Youth Resource Centres at a taluka-level. The policy also recommends development of a website that will serve as an information portal and the creation of a Goa youth database.
“There is a need to counter the existing sentiment among Goan youth that they have no say in influencing the governance and development of their state. There is a need to foster social consciousness and build inter and intra-generational trust and ensure youth participating in matters of public affairs,” states the policy as its aim.
Under the policy, incentives will be provided to outstanding achievers in the field of science and technology.
It proposes setting up of de-addiction and rehabilitation centres for youth affected by drug abuse, alcoholism and other vices.
“Conducting special seminars, workshops, competitions to enhance the effective awareness of civic sense among the target group. Promotion of yoga, meditation, spirituality through discourses/symposia/seminars at various levels to increase tolerance levels. Organizing seminars, workshops on creating awareness on consuming balanced diet. Providing comprehensive counseling services for enhancement of mental wellness. Encouraging youth clubs and NGOs to conduct village level activities for the same,” states the policy as its short term plans.
The definition of the term youth for the purpose of the policy will be individuals in the age group of 15 to 35 years. But the youth will be divided into a sub-group to better serve needs of each age group – from 15 to 18 years, 19 to 25 years, and 26 to 35 years.
Besides, there will be special focus on disadvantaged youth like SC/ST/OBC, young women, dropouts from formal education, marginalized/migrant youth, youth at risk and in conflict with law including substance abuse, human trafficking, hazardous occupations, juvenile offenders etc.