Sindh to form youth development committees in all districts

Sindh to form youth development committees in all districts

KARACHI: The Sindh government has started working to establish youth development committees at district level all over the province to engage youth in constructive and productive activities to enhance their skills and promote their talent.

This was announced by government officials during a two-day training workshop on Sindh held by Bargad, a national level organisation working on youth development, and OXFAM in collaboration with Sindh’s sports and youth affairs department here at a local hotel on Saturday.

The workshop “Sindh Youth Policy (SYP) 2018 – Formulation to Implementation: Agenda for Youth” was meant to support implementation of the newly enacted SYP 2018. Thirty representatives of youth groups from across Sindh including youth from Empower Youth for Work (EYW) project in Jamshoro attended the workshop.

Caretaker Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Dr Junaid Shah, Sports and Youth Affairs Administrative Secretary Dr Niaz Ali and Bargad Executive Director Sabiha Shaheen were among the notable speakers.

Sports minister in his interactive discussion with youth representatives said that the province has formally adopted a youth policy and upcoming governments are bound to invest more on youth.

He encouraged the youth to be in touch with government officials, elected leaders and ministers to promote youth development in the province.

Sports and Youth Affairs Department secretary said that the provisions of youth policy should be implemented as it has been announced. The Sindh government is particularly interested to uplift girls in its youth development initiatives, he said.

Sabiha Shaheen thanked the government of Sindh, OXFAM in Pakistan and youth groups for implementing the SYP 2018 right after its approval in May 2018. She said that the workshop was a first major step to link youth groups with youth affairs department.

During this two days activity,  the youth representatives got orientation about the contents and process of SYP  2018 and learnt about working of governance structures in Sindh and as to how the SYP 2018 would proceed ahead to fulfill its pledged initiatives.

They designed an implementation plan and advocacy projects for implementation of the SYP 2018. They particularly worked on youth employment and health rights issues in Sindh. These plans and projects will be submitted to sports and youth affairs department.

The youth representatives resolved that link between youth of Sindh and the sports and youth affairs department was an imperative for success of the youth policy, demanding an early and efficient implementation and mass awareness about contents and government promises made in the newly enacted SYP 2018.

Sindh govt’s sports and youth affairs dept gets only 0.86% of the budget

KARACHI: The provincial government decreased the allocation for sports and youth affairs department from 1% to 0.86% of the total budget for the fiscal year 2017-18.

Budget allocation for the sports and youth affairs department for the coming year is Rs2.1 billion, of which sports department’s budget is Rs1.66 billion, while 440 million is for the youth affairs department. A total of 28 schemes were approved in the budget, which includes schemes that have been pending since more than 10 years.

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Out of their 24 schemes from last year, the sports department completed 16 schemes while eight remain incomplete, that have been extended. The date for completion of the four schemes has been extended from June 2017 to June 2019. These projects are construction of sports stadium in eight cities of Sindh, mini sports complex at Kunri, Malakhara Stadium at Sehwan Sharif and construction of players hostel and fitness gym at Railway ground in Sukkur.

Out of the four schemes, the first two have been pending since more than 10 years. The construction of sports stadium in eight cities, which includes Matiari, Jamshoro, Hyderabad, Tharparkar, Sanghar, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Tando Allahyar, was approved in 2006 and is now supposed to be completed by 2019. Meanwhile, the construction of mini sports complex at Kurni, Umerkot, was approved in 2007 and is proposed to be completed by 2019.

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The remaining four schemes from last year’s ongoing schemes are also targeted to be completed by 2019. Out of the 25 proposed new schemes in the last budget, 21 schemes were approved while three were not approved. One of the schemes, which is the construction of Malakhra ground near Dargah Hazrat Ahmed Shah Lakyari in Matiari, has again been included in the new schemes. Its estimated cost has been increased from Rs20 million to Rs25 million.

Other than this, the budget for youth affairs department has been increased from Rs425 million to Rs440 million. Out of their 11 ongoing schemes of the previous budget, six schemes have been completed while the remaining will be completed by 2018 and 2019.

Six out of seven proposed schemes from the previous budget have been included in the budget for upcoming fiscal year, while eight new schemes have been proposed for 2017-18.