ANDHRA PRADESH

Telugu Yuvatha hails new youth policy

NIZAMABAD, FEB. 26. The Telugu Yuvatha has hailed the initiative taken by the Chief Minister, N.Chandrababu Naidu, in announcing the youth empowerment policy-2004. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, the Telugu Yuvatha State treasurer, Dinesh Kumar, and the district secretary, Balkishan, said that the youth empowerment policy would go a long way in encouraging the youth to get ample employment opportunities.

They said the Government had prepared an action plan to spend Rs. 1,000 crores in the next five years and noted that the Chief Minister had announced the setting up of a commission to monitor the youth programmes. The Yuvatha leaders thanked Mr. Chandrababu Naidu for announcing four per cent interest rebate or 50 per cent of bank interest, to the CMEY groups.

Earlier, members of the youth federation interacted with the Chief Minister at a video conference on Thursday afternoon on the youth empowerment policy announced by the Government. The Chief Minister highlighted the youth empowerment policy and sought suggestions from the youth groups on the policy. He said that the policy envisaged providing better employment opportunities to rural youth. The Chief Minister pointed out that a comprehensive youth policy would be implemented across the State to benefit youth.

The District Youth Federation president, Bobbili Narsaiah, interacting with the Chief Minister, said that thousands of unemployed youth had earned their livelihood by taking up the CMEY schemes and other employment generation activities. He suggested that the Government organise youth festivals from the village to the State level. He felt that such festivals would bring out the talent in rural youth.

Mr. Narsaiah noted that the Government could highlight the welfare and developmental programmes taken up in the villages. He appealed to the Chief Minister to consider the long pending demand of regularisation of services of the physical education teachers who are working in the aided and unaided schools for the last two decades. The Federation chief said that the Government should identify the youth, who excel in sports, and take steps to provide them proper coaching so that they bring a name to the State and country.

The Chief Minister assured the youth federation that the Government would provide sufficient funds to provide employment opportunities to the CMEY groups. The District Collector, D.V.Raidu, explained to the Chief Minister the steps taken up by the district administration to provide employment opportunities to the youth groups. Members of the youth federation - Thota Rajasekhar, A.Ravi Kumar, L.Srinivas, Y.Dashrath, G.Linganna, Kota Rajulu, Raghuveera Reddy, who had availed of the CMEY loans highlighted their success stories.