Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of an autonomous body called Mera Yuva Bharat (MY Bharat).
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Dimensions of the Article:
- Mera Yuva Bharat (MY Bharat) – A Platform for Youth Empowerment
- The Need for Mera Yuva Bharat (MY Bharat)
Mera Yuva Bharat (MY Bharat) – A Platform for Youth Empowerment
- A platform for young individuals to engage in voluntary work in their chosen fields.
- Serves as a one-stop shop for youth and central government ministries.
- Focuses on creating a centralized youth database.
- No financial remuneration involved.
- Scheduled to launch on National Unity Day, October 31, 2023.
- Primary objective: To establish a comprehensive Government platform for youth development.
- Benefits individuals in the age group of 15-29 years, aligning with the National Youth Policy.
- For adolescents, beneficiaries are in the age group of 10-19 years.
- Facilitates access to resources and opportunities for youth, enabling them to become community change agents and nation builders.
- Promotes youth as a bridge (Yuva Setu) between the Government and citizens.
- Aims to harness the immense energy of youth for nation-building.
- The establishment of MY Bharat will result in:
- Leadership development in youth.
- Enhancing leadership skills through experiential learning.
- A focus on making youth social innovators and community leaders.
- Prioritizing Youth Led development for active involvement.
- Better alignment of youth aspirations with community needs.
- Improved efficiency through the convergence of existing programs.
- Acts as a one-stop shop for young people and government ministries.
- Establishes a centralized youth database.
- Enhances two-way communication for youth engagement in government initiatives and activities.
- Ensures accessibility by creating a physical ecosystem.
The Need for Mera Yuva Bharat (MY Bharat)
- India’s youth play a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s future, especially as the country marks 75 years of independence under Vision 2047.
- Vision 2047 requires a framework that brings together rural, urban, and rurban youth on a single platform.
- Existing departmental schemes, developed over the past 50 years, were designed to meet the needs of rural youth based on the understanding prevailing at the time.
- Rapid urbanization and changing landscapes necessitate a reevaluation of these approaches.
- Creating a unified framework for rural, urban, and rurban youth is imperative, and MY Bharat aims to fulfill this need.
- There is a pressing requirement for a contemporary, technology-driven platform for the government to engage with today’s youth.
- In the fast-paced, digitally connected world, technology can effectively connect youth with programs to enhance their skills and engage them in community activities.
- MY Bharat will expand the outreach efforts of the Department of Youth Affairs.
- The platform seeks to establish a “phygital” ecosystem, combining physical and digital elements, to empower youth as catalysts for community transformation.
- Notably, a recent nation-wide program, “Meri Maati Mera Desh,” hosted on the yuva.gov.in portal, involved 50 million young participants who planted 23 million saplings to create Amrit Vatikas across India.