Govt honours enterprising youths


The 14th International Youth Day was celebrated by organising various programmes and honouring the youths and organisations who made a mark on their respective fields.

Among the personalities honoured by the state include journalists, players, writers and social workers.

At a special ceremony on Monday, Chairman of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi conferred the ‘Youth Talent Award’ on writer Jhamak Kumari Ghimire. The award carries a purse of Rs 100,000. Others receiving the same award are social worker Radha Paudel, Gorkhapatra daily’s journalist Sanjog Acharya and agriculturist Dev Prakash Sapkota. Sports icons including cricketer Paras Khadka, karate player Sunil Lama, football player Jamuna Gurung and wushu player Chahana Bamjan were also honoured.

Similarly, the Nepal Volleyball Association was awarded the ‘Sports Talent Award’ and the National Youth Fund received a letter of appreciation and cash prize of Rs 100,000.

Speaking at the programme, Chairman Regmi said lack of opportunities and employment has forced the young generation to leave the country.

He urged youths to be nationalists and contribute towards development with their skills. Regmi also urged the youths to help make the upcoming Constitution Assembly elections successful.

At the same function, Minister for Labour and Employment Hari Prasad Neupane said an increasing number of young people want to go abroad and the government is trying to make foreign jobs more systematic.

Likewise, Minister for Youth and Sports Ram Kumar Shrestha said the government is committed to create jobs within the country.

He highlighted the importance of National Youth Policy, implementation of youth programmes, formation of Youth Self Employment Fund and establishment of National Youth Council. Nepal has been celebrating International Youth Day since 2004.

The Association of Youth Organisations Nepal also celebrated the day with the theme “Youth Migration, Moving Development Forward” organised together with other organisations, the Ministry of Youth Sports and other stakeholders.

Posted on: 2013-08-13 08:46