Meghalaya govt disburses financial assistance to youth organizations

Meghalaya government has started distributing financial assistance to eligible youth groups under the Youth Engagement through Empowered Youth Organisations (YESS) initiative.

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Chief minister Conrad Sangma on August 12 distributed financial assistance to 61 such groups at a function in Tura. An amount of nearly Rs 30 lakh was distributed among 61 groups which qualified under the initiative and are committed towards youth development and empowerment.

Another Rs 3 lakh cash reward was extended to 61 medallists in various sports events held in the state. A total of 2,000 youth from across different districts of Garo Hills gathered at Government College Ground in Tura to celebrate the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that there are over 3000 registered youth clubs and organizations across the state who are working in different sectors and also in the government and that through YESS Meghalaya, they will be provided financial support.

“I strongly believe that it the youth which will lead Meghalaya and India towards progress and prosperity. YESS is an effort to empower the youth organisations, clubs and associations across Meghalaya. The key objective of this government is to provide opportunities to the youth with potential in abundance. We strongly believe that YESS initiative will give freedom to excel without any financial or societal constraints,” chief minister Conrad Sangma said while addressing the gathering at Tura on August 12.

The YESS Meghalaya programme has been formulated in pursuance to the state youth policy notified in 2021 which outlines the commitment of the state government for youth engagement, empowerment, and rejuvenation.

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The broad objectives of this program include empowerment of youth clubs and organisations for planning and implementation of grassroot level programmes and activities pertaining to key themes affecting the youth, positively channelizing energies of the youth through empowered youth organisations, enhancement of the youth development ecosystem by the promotion of effective collaboration with key stakeholders in the state working towards youth empowerment and development and creation of an annual corpus fund for extension of financial support to registered not for profit youth clubs, organisations, and associations.

Officials said that the Yess Meghalaya will provide financial assistance up to Rs 1 lakh to registered youth clubs and organizations across the state.

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