April 10, 2014
1000 days at a glance: Empowering the youth
The Department of Youth Services has been allotting funds to clubs, schools and other organizations for sports equipment. For the first time ever this year, financial assistance has been provided for the development of sports in schools / colleges / universities across the state.
The department has also been involved in the renovations of old youth hostels and construction of new ones. In all parts of the state, students and youths are being trained in computers to make them eligible in the competitive examinations for jobs. Financial assistance has been given to different organizations, schools, colleges, clubs, establishments and autonomous bodies to help them build multi-gyms and purchase of necessary equipment.
Here is a list of achievements of the Department of Youth Services:
Setting up of Community Development centres: In each of the 18 marginalised villages in Jhargram sub-division of West Medinipur district, Community Development centres will be set-up at a cost of Rs 18 lakh each. Local communities will make use of these centres of multi-purpose assistance as Anganwari Centres, Mid-day Meal Centres and as centres for organizing cultural programmes.
Chatra-Yuva Utsav: Chatra-Yuva Utsav is being organized with much fanfare with the involvements of youths and students to keep alive the traditional lineage of cultural activities of Bengal. Almost one lakh spectators watched the opening ceremony of this `utsav` held at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.
Special emphasis for `Jangalmahal`: Different steps have been taken for the development of cultural and sports activities in the area of `Jangalmahal`, namely –
- Mini-indoor games / construction of recreation complex
- Construction of gymnasium and distribution of sports equipment
- Setting-up of vocational training centres
- Centre for motor – driving training
- Distribution of solar – lamps
- Development of playgrounds
- Financial assistances to clubs, organizations and establishments engaged in socio-economic development
- Organising `Chatra-Yuva Utsav` in Jangalmahal
Encouraging mountaineering: Post independence, only 4 Bengali climbers could conquer Mount Everest; whereas, during two and a half years under the tenure of present government successful expeditions to Mount Everest by 6 Bengali climbers is certainly a noteworthy event. Department of Youth Services has not only given financial assistance of Rs. 6 lakh to each climber, but also facilitated them. To continue with this encouragement, financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh has been given to 9 more climbers in 2014 on the eve of their expedition by the department.