The Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has prepared a proposal for the Cabinet to drop “Nehru” from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, an autonomous organisation set up during the tenure of Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister. And rename it National Yuva Kendra Sangathan. The Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) scheme was started in 1972 as part of the silver jubilee celebrations of India’s Independence. It was envisaged as a vehicle for personality development of “rural non-student youth” given the high proportion of “non-student youth” in the population with relatively low levels of literacy. The proposal seeks to justify dropping “Nehru” on the grounds that the organisation has now “acquired a truly national character” covering 623 districts. Also, it has evolved not only to include student-youth but also those in urban areas. Further, the proposal claims, the scheme undertakes “dissemination of information and advocacy” of the Narendra Modi government’s national programmes likes Swachh Bharat, Digital India, Namami Gange among others at the national level.
Source: Indian Express