Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today exuded confidence that Gujarat will be at the center point of India becoming a Superpower in the coming days. The state’s youth power will help Mother India become Vishwa Guru.
Addressing over 63,000 youth assembled at 259 taluka headquarters and 159 municipalities online from the Vidhan Sabha premises here to celebrate National Youth Day to mark Swami Vivekanand’s birth anniversary, he said that his government for the youth is keen to empower youth.
He said that for the followers of Swami Vivekanand, power is the responsibility to serve the mankind and not to enjoy the authority.
Mr. Rupani said the government has started skill development, apprenticeship scheme, youth self-reliance scheme, promote research and has given government jobs to 1.50 lakh people in the last four years and to 12 lakh people in private sector during 5,400 and odd Job Fairs, loans to thousands to be self-reliant, distributed Namo Tablets to eight lakh students which proved useful during online teaching now.
He exhorted youth to live up to the resolve to make Atmanirbhar Bharat, Atmanirbhar Gujarat. It is not a dream. It is not wishful thinking.
The Chief Minister said that India’s challenges are economic and for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the call for making it a five trillion-dollar economy. The latest mantra is ‘Live for Nation’. The earlier mantra was ‘Die for Nation’.
Defining the youth, the Chief Minister said that youth means one who is brimming with new energy, new thinking, ready to accept new things, enterprising, and willing to make novice things. In fact, the time has come for the youths of the country.
Clarifying the concept that India is the country of youths, Mr. Rupani said the youth is marching ahead in the field of innovation. Today, Gujarat is a leading state in ‘Startups’ in the country. With utilizations of the new innovations and newer technologies, the youths can make significant contributions in taking up challenges of poverty, farming, health, education and other sectors.
To build a new India, the concept of ‘Addiction Free Youth, Addiction Free Gujarat’ has to be made a reality; the chief minister said and urged to launch a campaign for it. For success of this, Mr. Rupani also requested to Dharma-Gurus, who had arrived from different parts of Gujarat to attend this event, to offer their supports and blessings for the de-addiction campaign.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Minister of State for Youth, Sports and Cultural Activities Mr. Ishwarsinh Patel.
The Chief Minister presented Youth Awards in the form of book sets, sports goods and replica of the Kalol-Gandhinagar based Vivekanand Yuva Kendra as a token to eight young persons in different categories.
The youth power was honoured by awarding the Youth Awards at the hands of the Chief Minister to the youths who rendered unique service in various fields. The award winners were Kalpesh Ahuja in the field of service, Ms. Vidhi Jadhav for helping the families of martyrs and for educational activities in the tribal area, Vivek Shah and Bindra Shah for organic farming, Dharmik Bhatt for environmental activities, Arpitaben Vyas for women empowerment, Dr. Sonal Rochani was awarded for social service, Abhijeet Satani for science and Nituben Patel was awarded the Special Youth Award for Organic Farming.
The event was also attended by BJP State President Mr. C. R. Patil, MLAs – Mr. Shambhuji Thakore, and others.