Youth convention cum cultural meet held

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 13, 2019: On the theme ‘Be the voice of New India’ the 3rd State Level Youth Convention 2019 cum Cultural Meet was organised by Service Bridge Agency at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, here on Friday.

Governor Dr Najma Heptulla said Manipur is a beautiful state with different indigenous tribes living in peaceful co-existence, tolerant attitude and unique hospitality. Hence, it is significant and appropriate that this youth convention is organised with an objective of youth empowerment, to encourage the young people and giving them information, guidance or resources they need in order to take charge of their own lives and make healthier decisions.  She said this convention will take concrete decisions for the socio-economic development for the Sstate.

The governor reminded the gathering that at the turn of the century, morals among the youth started crumbling which affects personal life as well as society. The signs of development were seen everywhere in the pursuit of healthcare, infrastructure science, education, energy and agriculture. As people and society prospered and as materialism took centre-stage, the values and morals came under severe onslaught from consumerism and globalization.

India is considered the youngest nation with the world’s maximum number of youth, about 34% of the total population of the country. This 34% is enormous human resources and constitutes for the country’s future, she said. If we can harness this powerhouse in the right direction, then the country can reach the lofty heights. Youth today is a major resource for not only development of financial prosperity but for social changes as well. However, despite holding such importance, their energy is still not being channelized in the right direction, she added.

She said such convention should also be organised in different parts of the state, spreading the right message and infusing the right spirit, the spirit of love, peace, compassion, hard work and commitment in youth and their pivotal role in socio-economic development of the state. Youth empowerment can catalyze major social developments like poverty eradication, good education standard, good governance and crime reduction which will reduce the rate of poverty to a significant level. Similarly, empowered youth can understand the importance of education that leads to social improvement of the country by rejecting the status quo and pave the path for better governance  and also a skill to sustain a livelihood as well as preventing him  from doing crime, said the governor.

She mentioned about the ill effects of drug addiction among the youth and the impact of drug use in communities and the sheer desperation of parents to rescue their children from drug menace. Unfortunately, the state is substantially affected by drug trafficking and its concomitant issues.  Due to unemployment and poverty, ganja and poppy are widely cultivated, she added.

Expressing grave concern over the scale of drug menace in the state, the governor said she had taken an initiative for the state government to co-host with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia a 2-day Regional International Conference-cum-Meeting on the theme, ‘Comprehensive Approach to combating illicit trafficking of Afghan Opiates and Drug Situation in the North East’ at Raj Bhavan, Imphal on September 30 till October, 1.

Representatives from 6 South Asian countries and 7 States of the NE will congregate to hold brain storming deliberations on issues relating to drug trafficking and drug abuse.

She also encourages the youths to stand up against the scourge of drug abuse, which is detrimental to the prospects of young generation. She expressed her confidence that if youth abstain from all these bad habits, they will be able to surely shoulder the important responsibility for socio-economic development of the State and the country as a whole.

In the convention, technical sessions and discussions were held. Prof. Dr. R.K. Lenin, department of Psychiatry RIMS Hospital gave a speech on the topic “Internet Addiction & its impact in our Health”, Dr. Lucy Duidang Jt. Director (CST) Manipur State AIDS Control Society gave a speech on the topic “Know your status and get Treated”, Prof. MC Arun, Manipur University gave a speech on the topic “Drug Problems and Need of a State Drug Policy” and Dr.Ibomcha, SP, Thoubal Police gave a speech on the topic “Cyber Crime an uses of Mobile Phone”.

PDS and consumer affairs, weight and measures, revenue, relief and rehabilitation minister Karam Shyam attended the convention. Student from different schools took part in the convention.

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