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Sonowal attends valedictory function of National Integration Camp Appeals youths to act as catalyst to national development

Sonowal attends valedictory function of National Integration Camp Appeals youths to act as catalyst to national development

Sonowal attends valedictory function of National Integration Camp Appeals youths to act as catalyst to national development


Dispur, January 31: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that India is the youngest country in terms of its young population as 65 per cent of the people are below the age group of 35 years. Speaking at the valedictory function of the five day Mega National Integration Camp and India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit 2018 at Birinci Kumar Baruah Auditorium in Gauhati University today, Chief Minister Sonowal said that by 2020, 325 million people in India will reach working age and consequently India will have the largest working population in the world.

He maintained that in this backdrop, youths of the country will have to play an important role which will be possible only through hard work. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project of 'Skill India' which has envisaged to make the youths of the nation skilful and entrepreneurial to absorb them in different employment avenues, Sonowal appealed to the youths to act as a catalyst to nation development.

Sonowal also urged upon the participants of the National Integration Camp where youths from all the eight North Eastern States have assembled, to forge unity, friendship and camaraderie among them. Through unity only, the nation can become strong, adding Sonowal said that the idea of 'Ek Bharat Shrest Bharat' has been conceived of to make the country one of the best in the world.

Chief Minister Sonowal moreover referring to Act East Policy which the Central Government has announced, said that through this policy attempts are being made to extend the friendship of the nation to ASEAN countries through North East. He, therefore, asked youths of the eight North Eastern states to play a proactive role in facilitating the success of the Act East Policy by being the ambassadors of friendship and camaraderie.

He however, said. "Youth Power is the greatest power and if we can rekindle the energy of the youths, the country can never be left behind and India can continue its forward to become one of the potent forces in the world". He also appealed to the youths to work hard because hard labour is the only tool with which positive and pragmatic changes can be brought about. He also interacted with five students from Laos who have to Gauhati University for studies as exchange programme.

Organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Assam State in collaboration with Centre for South East Asian Studies, Gauhati University and supported by the department of Sports and Youth Welfare, Government of Assam, Chairman Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Dinesh Pratap Singh, National Vice Chairman of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Dilip Saikia, Vice Chancellor Gauhati University Dr. Mridul Hazarika, Director of Centre for South East Asian Studies Dr. Nani Gopal Mahnata also spoke on the occasion.

Chairman Minority Development Board Mominul Awal, member Board of Governors of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Rani Dwivedi and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.