Action plan to implement ‘National Youth Policy 2017’ demanded

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Dailynewsun News Desk

Youth and stakeholders at different events across the year have demanded a quick formation of specific and effective plans of action to implement ‘National Youth Policy 2017’.

They made this call at a virtual press conference on Wednesday jointly arranged by international NGO ActionAid Bangladesh and youth-development-focused organization Dhrubatara Youth Development Foundation (DYDF), said a press release.

Dhrubotara Youth Development Foundation (DYDF) Executive Director Amiya Prapan Chakraborty presented the recommendations at the event, while ActionAid Manager Nazmul Ahsan, and DYDF Chief Coordinator Kazi Salman Hossain were presented among others, the press release said.

Four year on, but the National Youth Policy 2017 is yet to implement. Whether the time of evaluation is nearer, the plan of action has not been formed so far, causing the government policy has become good for nothing.

That’s why quick formation of specific and effective plan of action to implement National Youth Policy 2017 had been demanded by the stakeholders, while they also sought political goodwill and administrative measures for this.

At the press conference some recommendations were made for equitable development of marginalised young people beyond identity boundaries.

They urged the authority to introduce leadership training to enhance capacity of young people to engage across the implementation and monitoring process and to take market-aligned training courses to young people living in rural areas.

The conference also emphasized enhancing entrepreneurship skills and employability of diverse young people and introduction of collateral-free loan for young people to promote their economic ventures. The conference also demanded to effectively operationalize the Rights and Protection of Persons with Disabilities Act 2013.

The attendants at the virtual conference also urged the authority concerned to improve working conditions in the urban informal sector in the light of the decent work indicators.

They also demanded safe transport, movement and workplace need to be ensured for the young women and transgenders, traffic system and infrastructures needs to be disability-friendly, health and hygiene services need to be made available to young women and transwomen living in slums.

The participants also made a bold demand for no slum eviction should take place without rehabilitation of the slum dwellers. For rural marginalised young people, the attendants at the conference demanded innovation lab, IT lab and resource centres must be established.

Aiming to eliminate digital discrimination, equal accessible and affordable ICT services and connectivity to rural young people as urban young people also demanded at the event.

Various rights-based issues were also demand for transgender young people. Besides, the participants raised their voices for young people from ethnic minority communities. They demanded youth representation from ethnic minority communities is required in deciding policies that have implications for the lives of the ethnic young people.