Chandigarh: Giving a clarion call to the youth of state,’ to become their own ideal’, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday exhorted the youth to don’t allow anyone to play with their emotions as such mischievous elements disappear after fulfilling their vested interests.

Making an emotional appeal to the youth through a video message today, the Chief Minister said that his government will leave no stone unturned for ensuring that youth of the state get the required platform and support. Bhagwant Mann pledged to provide a holistic environment for utilising the innovative ideas of youngsters for the growth and prosperity of state. He said, “My target is to ensure that the youth of Punjab are not branded as ‘aimless’. I want you to be your own role model, therefore, no one else can take advantage of your abilities and potential”.

He further said that Punjab government will provide complete support to all of you for starting a new ventures or startups.

Taking a major decision for the welfare of the youth of Punjab, Bhagwant Mann announced that he will hold ‘Naujawan Sabha’ meetings with youth twice a month for a direct dialogue with them. He said that the purpose of these meetings is to directly interact with the youth and get their feedback and suggestions so that the government can formulate policies suitable for them to start new businesses and undertake other innovative initiatives.

Mann said that a thorough discussion will be held with youth every 15 days, to take their suggestions for bolstering the agriculture, transport and other sectors. Describing the youth of Punjab as skilled, capable and determined, he said, “The youth have thousands of dreams to shape their future but it is a pity that they are not provided with adequate opportunities to fulfill their dreams. The Punjab government will give fulsome support to our youth to start new businesses.” Bhagwant Mann said that youth of the state are full of new and innovative ideas that can be helpful for the growth and prosperity of Punjab.

Urging the youth to acquire higher education to get top positions, the Chief Minister lamented that in the age of technology, Punjabi youth are least interested in acquiring the skill knowledge for better vistas of employment adding that the admission rate in Punjab Technical University has staggeringly dipped to only 35 percent. Similarly, while referring to Lovely Professional University, he said that 40,000 students are pursuing higher education in this university, but only 5,200 students are from Punjab. Bhagwant Mann said, “It is my heartfelt wish that the youth of Punjab should not become job seekers but job givers. The youth of Punjab will reach to higher positions and not be coerced to go to jails.”

He said that due to work culture in foreign countries, Punjabi youths have proved their mettle by sheer hard work, resilience and perseverance adding that they have managed to establish and expand their businesses more than the foreigners. He said that these countries have achieved the status of developed countries due to work culture only. Sharing experience from his personal life, Bhagwant Mann said, “I work more than 12 hours every day for the betterment of Punjab and even on holidays, I attend meetings along with handling government files. Every day, I try to take some new initiative or decision for the welfare of Punjabis so that we can make Punjab a progressive state soon.”

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