Karnataka Youth Policy: Draft outlines 10 priority areas for empowerment

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The Karnataka Youth Policy envisions the holistic development of young people and empowers them to bring about constructive societal change

The Karnataka Youth Policy envisions the holistic development of young people and empowers them to bring about constructive societal change

R Balasubramaniam, Chairman of the State Committee on Youth Policy, on Thursday submitted a draft Karnataka Youth Policy (KYP) 2022 to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

The policy would be submitted to a State Cabinet meeting for approval. It has 10 focus areas.

Policy focus areas include education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health and wellbeing, sports and fitness, arts and culture, grassroots leadership development on values, departmental restructuring, the yuva budget, the youth advisory group and the three Cs approach — fostering coordination, cooperation and collaboration — to ensure convergence; and the establishment of a state-level convergence committee for youth empowerment.

Inclusive policy

The policy considers the holistic development of young people and empowers them to bring about constructive societal change. It also emphasizes the sustainable building of human and social capital. “Sustainable development is the guiding principle of KYP 2022, the draft policy reads.

This will make the policy implicitly inclusive and ensure that social, economic and environmental realities guide its implementation.

In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, KYP, 2022 will be operational for a period of eight years until 2030.

The policy has focused on new challenges such as technological advancement and humanitarian crises like COVID and the need to rethink the state’s approach to youth development.

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