Anurag Thakur speaks during the session on “Volunteer Engagement Strategy for India @100” at the conference on Sankalp se Siddhi: New India New Resolve organized under Amrit Mahotsav | Odisha News | Latest news from Odisha

New Delhi: Union Youth and Sports Minister Shri Anurag Thakur addressed the session on “Volunteer Engagement Strategy for [email protected]in the lecture on Sankalp se Siddhi: New India New Resolve under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The Ministry of Culture, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and [email protected] Foundation co-hosted this conference today in New Delhi.

During his speech, Shri Anurag Thakur said that the pandemic has made us rethink and reimagine how we should live in a post-pandemic era. When the whole country was in lockdown, it was this spirit of volunteerism that fed the poor – delivering rations under PMGKY to local areas and homes of the poor, which was done by our young volunteers across the country by setting up temporary kitchens and deliver hot meals to the needy.

Speaking on the New India-New Resolution, Shri Thakur said that the nation can only be healthy if its young people participate and engage in development initiatives. “Young people must always remember the contribution and sacrifices of freedom fighters. You don’t have to sacrifice but you have to contribute,” added Shri Thakur.

Shri Thakur added that if India is now 75 years of independence, we have to promise and commit what we are going to achieve and what we are going to contribute during her Amrit Kal ie from here to [email protected] It is entirely up to the youth to shape the present and the future of this country, he urged.

Shri Thakur also pointed out that India has involved young people in several central government and state government programs for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development depends on public participation, ownership and solidarity. Shri Thakur mentioned that during the pandemic, more startups emerged and around 47 unicorns appeared.

Shri Thakur also called on other organizations and the private sector to collaborate with different ministries in organizing various programs to attract and bring wide participation of young people.

Shri Thakur further added that over the past few years, we have witnessed a rapid growth in youth engagement, whether through political participation and representation or through civil society engagement initiatives. He added that millions of people are expected to join the Indian workforce by 2030. There is therefore a need to provide youth with means to participate in the nation-building process while providing them with opportunities as well as a platform to develop their skills. And if we do it systematically, India can create the largest workforce in the world, the minister explained. The Minister concluded by urging the private sector to promote volunteerism by creating new avenues and offering unique ideas to engage young people in a meaningful way.

The Ministry of Culture organizes a series of events throughout the year under the aegis of [email protected] Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. The Sankalp Se Siddhi summit is one such highlight event.

This multi-stakeholder summit “Sankalp Se Siddhi” was jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture, the Government of India, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and [email protected] Foundation. The Summit brought together important stakeholders to discuss the country’s achievements in different areas of development and the way forward.