ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Stressing the role of today’s youths, Chief Minister Pema Khandu in his address to National Youth Day (NYD) celebration on Tuesday said that they could be game changers if they have the will and guts.
“Youths today must have ‘muscles of iron and nerves of steel’, as quoted by Swamiji. They must have the guts to stand up against what is wrong. When they start to raise their voices against all things wrong, not only the outlook of the society will change but also keep the Govt on its toes,” Khandu said in his address during celebration at DK Auditorium of Legislative Assembly here.
Arunachal Pradesh youths have tremendous potential to meaningfully contribute to nation building as envisioned by great of monk Swami Vivekananda, whose 158th birth anniversary is being celebrated as NYD across India, he said with assertion.
He said today’s youths have access to education like never before for which they are better equipped to shape future of the country, the state in particular. However, he took a veiled shot at random protests and protestors, saying few people tend to take democracy for a ride in the garb of fundamental right to protest.
“Such people forget about their responsibilities. But they must know that majority of the ‘silent’ population know the truth. But because these majority of population remain silent, they always get away with their vested interests,” he said and urged the youths not to remain mere spectators to such instances but reject them in one voice.
Arunachal Pradesh is unique owing to its culturally diversity with about 26 major tribes and more than 100 sub-tribes for which the onus is upon the educated and conscious youths to foster pan-Arunachal identity by maintaining peace and communal harmony, he said with conviction.
Underscoring importance of quality education, he said today’s youths deserve quality education not quantity. There were very few schools in the past but quality education was provided, while today schools are aplenty but the quality of education has diminished, he said.
He lauded management of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas for venturing into Arunachal in late 70s to provide quality education, whose students are today in service of the nation in various capacities.
Highlighting about reforms in governance, he admitted many, including some politicians and bureaucrats, may not be comfortable initially that cannot halt reforms.
“We have to come out of the comfort zone of yesteryears. To root out corruption and hassle-free delivery of services to the common people, reforms are must in governance. At times we have to take tough decisions, which may pinch a few but will be beneficial to our youths who are state’s future,” he explained.
Taking advantage of the presence of large number of school and college students, Khandu raised the issue of drug abuse and termed it as ‘dangerous as terrorism’.
“Drug abuse can wipe out the future of an entire generation. Only educated youths like you can help eradicate it. We are here to help you,” he said.
Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Mama Natung, addressed as guest of honour of the event, organized by Youth Affairs Directorate in collaboration with Vivekananda Kendra, Arunachal Pradesh. (CMO)