New Delhi, July 2: Sports Minister Vijay Goel and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore today flagged off the 5 th Mega Slum Yuva Daud. Thousands of youth from Delhi slums participated in the run which started from Gagan Cinema Nand Nagri and ended at Harnam Palace.
Addressing the participants Goel said that this is not just any other run but we are running for a better tomorrow, a New India where each youngster is and would be capable in different fields including sports.
He said, Sports is one field in which we must grow from the grassroots to become big and powerful. The Minister emphasized that this Daud aims to involve youngsters in constructive activities to keep the away from anti-social evils such as drug abuse and violence. He said his aim is to engage youth in constructive activities to utilize their power in for development and progress of New India in the making.
Goel also said, Youth from slum areas will soon be part of different teams of football, basketball, badminton in their areas and will take part in competitions locally to hone their skills and talents further. He said this will enable to scout for talent and we might be able to find the future PV Sindhu, Sunil Chhetri and Kidambi from among the talented lot.
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.