When we look at our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or simply
talented youngsters in the community, we're glimpsing the future.
Their bright minds will guide India into a new age of prosperity - and
it's our responsibility to give them the skills today that will
prepare them to lead tomorrow.
With this in mind, Congress has worked hard over the past ten years to
bring access and opportunity to youths across all sectors of our
society. Our employment oriented schemes and industrial policies have
created infrastructure and job opportunities for millions.
Our youth have incredible potential. Beyond the traditional paths,
they're also exploring new avenues of innovation and ingenuity - and
we are committed to aiding their efforts. The National Innovation
Council has earmarked Rs. 5,000 crore to support innovations. This
will be used to fund entrepreneurs from across the country, opening an
entirely new world of opportunity to some of our most driven and
Now, we're taking our commitment even further through the National
Youth Policy, 2014, which will create equitable opportunity for all
disadvantaged and marginalised youth and facilitate their
participation at various levels of governance.
The government is currently investing more than Rs 90,000 crore per
annum on youth development programmes. But truly empowering our youth
isn't simply about giving them the opportunities we think they should
have, it's also about listening to what they say they need and placing
the right tools and opportunities in their hands.
When we came to power, there was a total lack of assessment on what
the youth wanted. We've worked to change that. The youth is the most
dynamic segment of our population - we know they have a lot to say and
we're prepared to listen.
These are only a few of the programmes contributing to the
architecture of opportunities we're building for our youth. Just as
our children are ever-changing, so should be the programmes and
opportunities we create for them. Congress will continue to listen to
our youth's ideas, plans, hopes and dreams and do everything we can to
make them possible.