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Prioritise youth specific action points: Chief Secy to department

Bhubaneswar, July 16: Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Saturday directed the Sports and Youth Services Department to focus on youth specific action points as per the policy directives of Odisha State Youth Policy (OSYP) on a priority basis.

Padhi while presiding over the Taskforce meeting on implementation of OSYP held at the Secretariat directed the officials to identify the action points having maximum impact potential for youth and monitor those regularly.

Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) R Balakrishnan who was present in the meeting said that the general normal activities of the departments should not be repeated in the action points.

The meeting reviewed the action taken in the matters of the policy directives like active citizen engagement, internship programme under Biju Sashaktikaran Yojana, assistance to youth clubs, promotion of adventure sports, organisation of youth festivals at State and district level, construction of 314 mini stadiums at blocks, setting up of the state institute of youth development, self defense training, age appropriate life skill education, students advisory bureau, conversion of employment exchanges to carrier counseling centers, quality audit of recognized universities, provision of scholarship to girl students for perusing technical education, coaching and training centers for ST and SC youths, starting of short term certificate courses through accredited engineering and management colleges, disaster management training, migrant support centers, mission yuva shakti, functioning of kala sanskruti sanghgas  at State, district and block levels, providing livelihood support to youths through eco-tourism, prevention of substance abuse, setting up of micro business centers, promotion of young professional programme, creation of Odisha youth innovation fund, constriction of 12 working women’s hostel in different parts of the State, outreach activities for improving health & nutrition of adolescent girls support for secondary education/vocation training and higher education.

Department Secretary Saswat Mishra, Principal Secretary (Home) Asit  Tripathy, Principal Secretary (Higher Education) GVV Sharma, Principal Secretary (MSME) Gagan Kumar Dhal and many other department Secretaries participated in deliberations.

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