Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday said he would like to institutionalise a mechanism whereby the country&’s youth can become an essential part of the decision-making process in contemporary India. 

“Not only will I like to have regular interactive meetings with kids but also try to institutionalise a mechanism whereby they can become an essential part of the decision-making process in contemporary India,” said the minister, addressing a youth congregation organised by the Vision India Foundation here.

Referring to the large number of people below the age group of 35 years in India as “crucial resource bank”, Singh said, “With almost 65 per cent of the country&’s population below the age of 35 years, during the next few years the Indian youth population will not only be a vital and crucial resource bank for India but in fact for the entire world.”

The union minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has embarked on the fast track of all-round development in the last one year.

“By the year 2022, when India celebrates 75 years of its independence, India&’s supremacy in the world arena will become visible and the architect of this would primarily be a visionary leadership supported by a determined youth force,” the minister added.

Talking about self-attestation of documents promoted by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Singh said this marked a revolutionary step directly benefiting the youth wherein the government has decided to do away with the age-old practice of getting the certificates attested by a gazetted officer or notary, etc.

Referring to his brief tenure as minister of science and technology, he said an initiative has been undertaken to involve young scientific brains in India&’s space programme.

Singh said the union government has taken a “first of its kind initiative” by starting the process of holding “regular meetings with students and youths not only in different states of the Northeast but also those living in the national capital”.

“Such interactive approach has enormously benefited the government by helping orientate its various policies,” said the minister, adding, “Tomorrow belongs to ‘young India’.”