Shimla: Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, announced a new State Youth Award Scheme from current financial year onwards to the Youth Clubs and Individual Youth in recognition to their outstanding performance in mass awakening in environment protection, disaster management, family planning, AIDS Control, organic farming, dairy farming, floriculture, water conservation and prohibition. He was presiding over the meeting of State Youth Board here today. He gave a clarion call to the youth of the State to come forward in taking active part in such activities to make Himachal Pradesh a Model State in the country.
He said that the Best Youth Club in the State would be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 1.00 lakh, Second Best to get Rs. 60,000, Third best to get Rs. 40,000 alongwith a commendation certificate besides in Individual category the First Prize would be of Rs. 25,000, Second of Rs. 15,000 and Third of Rs. 10,000 with commendation certificates.
Prof. Dhumal said that 40 youth would be selected from every district of the State and provided training in various activities i.e. organic farming, dairy farming, floriculture, water conservation, mushroom cultivation, horticulture and bee keeping etc. on experimental basis and based upon the success of the programme more youth would be selected to undertake training which could help them in generation of self employment avenues.
An interactive session was also held with the non-official members of the Board as the members gave their suggestions to make the functioning of the Board more effective and youth oriented.