The Finals of National Youth Parliament Festival, 2021 was held in the Central Hall of Parliament today. 84 winners from States and Union Territories got an opportunity to be present in the Central Hall of Parliament before the Lok Sabha Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha along with Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and other dignitaries. 29 National winners spoke before the National Jury comprising of Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly, Lok Sabha MP Parvesh Sahib Singh and eminent journalist Prafulla Ketkar.
Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said it was a lifetime experience and a memorable moment for the young participants to speak in the presence of Lok Sabha Speaker OmBirla in the National Youth Parliament Festival 2021 which was held at Central Hall.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Valedictory Function of National Youth Parliament Festival, 2021 tomorrow through video conferencing. The first three winners will get an opportunity to speak before the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will also interact with the youth on the occasion.
The objective of the National Youth Parliament Festival is to hear the voice of youth between 18 and less than 25 years of age, who will join various careers in coming years, including public services. National Youth Parliament Festival (NYPF) is based on the idea given by the Prime Minister in his Mann Ki Baat Address on 31st December 2017. Taking inspiration from the idea of the Prime Minister, the first NYPF 2019 was organised from 12 January to 27 February 2019 at District, State and National level with the theme “Be the Voice of New India and Find solutions and Contribute to Policy”. A total of 88 thousand youth participated in the program. 56 State Awardees and 728 finalists from 28 States participated in National Youth Parliament on 26th Feb. 2019 at New Delhi. On 27th February, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarded the Top 3 winners of the first National Youth Parliament Festival, who also got an opportunity to share their thoughts in presence of the Prime Minister.
In order to continue with the same spirit and objective, with enhanced enthusiasm, the 2nd National Youth Parliament Festival 2021 was launched on 23rd of last month through virtual mode which was witnessed by more than 23 Lakh youth and stakeholders across the country at district, state and national level.
It was followed by organization of District Youth Parliaments which were conducted through Virtual mode from 24th to 29th of last month. In this, 2.34 Lakh youth from 698 Districts of all Sates and UTs in India participated through 150 venues. It was followed by State Youth Parliaments through virtual mode from 1st to 5th of this month in which 1st and 2nd winners from participating districts numbering 1 thousand 3 hundred 45 took part. During District and State Youth Parliaments, the participants deliberated maximum for 4 minutes on the given topics and were adjudged winners by a five Member Jury.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has said that youth must work towards taking India to the path of prosperity and progress. Addressing the participants at the Inaugural Session of the finals of National Youth Parliament, 2021 in the Central Hall of the Parliament House today, Mr Birla said, Youth Parliament will go a long way in strengthening the spirit of democracy in keeping with the motto of nation first. He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given an important direction to the youth, who are working towards taking India forward through innovation and new thinking in various fields during the ‘Maan ki Baat’ programme in 2017. He expressed confidence that in the coming years, Indian youth would be at the forefront of an innovation based world, through their technical knowledge and skills.
Speaking on the occasion, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that new initiatives have been taken this year to involve the youth in fulfilling the vision of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat. He noted that youth across India have participated enthusiastically in the 2021 festival of the National Youth Parliament and expressed the hope that the event would provide them a platform to share their social and economic ideas and internalize democratic values.
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