New Delhi, July 17: Power Minister Piyush Goyal praised the initiative of Slum Yuva Daud and said, “Youth has tremendous energy and they must use it to transform India into “New India”. Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel and Minister of Power Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju yesterday flagged off the ninth Mega Slum Yuva Daud on Sunday.
Union Sports Minister Goel interacted with the participants before the run started and each of them gave him a positive feedback and appreciated the Ministry’s efforts to provide them a platform to perform. Some of the youngsters shared their ideas while others sang patriotic songs.
Addressing the participants Goel said, “Our aim is to provide the youth of slum something positive so that they do not take to drugs or other anti-social activities. We will also prepare teams in future and hold competitions in football, volleyball etc. so that we are able to find the hidden talent from these slums”.
MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju stated that, “Such activities empower the youth and they feel elated. This will surely help us in building Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat”.
Significantly, the Slum Yuva Daud and Adopt Slum campaigns aim at highlighting the government’s pro-people schemes among masses. A total 11 Slum Yuva Runs have been planned out of which 3 have already been completed successfully with mass participation.
Interestingly, the first edition of the Slum Daud was held on 26 May in which 5000 youngsters from various slums in Delhi participated wholeheartedly. The Slum Yuva Daud is part of the Adopt Slum Campaign initiated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.