ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday inaugurated the ‘Kamyab Jawan Program’, one of government’s flagship initiatives, to help youth in the country offering a set of opportunities related to education, skill training, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the much-anticipated project at the Convention Centre packed with youth from all over the country, the prime minister said youth are future of Pakistan and our destiny depends on them. He said the government strongly believes in merit and transparency and summary of Kamyab Jawan program is the program of merit.
The prime minister congratulated all stakeholders for launching the first phase of program for youth of the country. Imran Khan stressed on the need to change our mentality to become a self-reliant and self-esteemed nation which requires to develop a culture of paying taxes. He said only those nations move forward in the world that follow the rule of merit.
He said Youth Skills Foundation will be set up for youth of the country and he will personally monitor the programme to check its progress. He said minorities, being equal citizens of Pakistan, will also benefit from the programme.
He said a uniform system of education will be introduced into the country to streamline the society. The prime minister said the next programmes to be launched for youth are Green Youth Movement and StartUp Pakistan.
The government has allocated Rs100 billion to be distributed among youth as loans for their business ventures under Kamyab Jawan Program. The youth will being provided loans under three categories. It is anticipated that the program will benefit one million youth. Two hundred feasibility studies have also been made available online to help assist youth working on business ideas.
A quota of 25 percent has been allocated for women to increase their share in the national economy. Kamyab Jawan program has been prepared under National Youth Development Framework and will act as milestone to make youth of the country independent.
The program will help cope with unemployment and poverty. An integrated system has been developed for transparent and modern scrutiny of applications.
Youth Development Framework prepared
Earlier, addressing the function Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar said this program will take our youth to prosperity.
He said Kamyab Jawan Program is the first step on the promise made by the prime minister to make the youth employed. He said 68 percent of Pakistan’s population consists of youth. He expressed regret that previous governments failed to devise policies for the development of youth.
He said the government has prepared the country’s first Youth Development Framework under which work is being carried out in six areas. Loans less than 100,000 rupees will be without interest and distributed on priority basis in 45 underprivileged districts.
Briefing media earlier about the programme, he said the programme is fully focused on ensuring employment opportunities to the youth, providing them proper platforms to excel.
Usman Dar the programme is supported by UN Development Programme and no amount of tax is spent on it. He said the government has devised state of the art digital platform for the youth to help them achieve their goals of a bright future.