Imphal, Sep 13 : Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla on Friday said we are at present living in a time where India is considered the youngest nation with the world’s maximum number of youth about 34 per cent of the total population of the country.
"This 34 per cent is enormous human resources and constitutes for the country’s future. If we can harness this powerhouse of the nation in the right direction, then the country can reach the lofty heights," she said. She however said, “youth today is a major resource for not only development of financial prosperity but for social changes as well. However, despite holding such importance, their energy is still not being channelized in the right direction.”
Addressing the inaugural function of the third state level youth convention, 2019 held at Raj Bhavan organized by Service Bridge Agency she said morals started crumbling all around us in personal life as well as in other spheres. The signs of development were seen everywhere in our pursuit of healthcare, infrastructure, science, education, energy and agriculture. As people and society prospered and as materialism took centre-stage, our values and morals came under severe onslaught from consumerism and globalization, she added. Such Convention should also be organized in different parts of the State, spreading the right message and infusing the right spirit, the spirit of love, peace, compassion, hard work and commitment in youth and their pivotal role in socio-economic development of the State. Youth empowerment can catalyze major social developments like poverty eradication, good education standard, good governance and crime reduction, the governor said.
Making the youth skilled can help reduce the rate of poverty to a significant level. Similarly, empowerment can help youth to understand the importance of education that leads to social improvement of the country. With the inculcation of youth empowerment, the youth can reject the status quo and pave the path for better governance and also empowerment ensures that youth has the necessary skills to sustain a livelihood, preventing him to adopt the path of crime, she further said. The worst thing about being addicted to drugs is that it affects the youth miserably,
"We have seen the impact of drug use in communities and the sheer desperation of parents to rescue their children from this scourge. Unfortunately, Manipur is one of the States substantially affected by drug trafficking and its concomitant issues. Ganja and poppy are widely cultivated and poverty is the key factor which drives unemployed locals to take to such cultivation. Seeing the gravity of this menace," she said.
The governor said she has taken an initiative for the State Government to co-host with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia a 2-day Regional International Conference-cum-Meeting on the theme, ‘Comprehensive Approach to combating illicit trafficking of Afghan Opiates and Drug Situation in the North East’ at Raj Bhavan, here on September 30 to October 1.
Representatives from 6 South Asian countries and 7 States of the NE will congregate to hold brainstorming deliberations on issues relating to drug trafficking and drug abuse, she said.
Minister CAF,Karam Shyam, youths from various parts of the state attended the