New Delhi, July 24: Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel and HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar yesterday flagged off the 11th Mega Slum Yuva Daud. More than five thousands of youth from Delhi slums participated in the run which started from Vijay Chowk and ended at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium. Each participant was awarded medal and certificates.
Goel interacted with the participants and he took part in the run with the tricolor. The youngsters from various Delhi slums appreciated the Ministry’s efforts to provide them a platform like this.
Addressing the participants Goel said his aim is to motivate the youth to work for a better tomorrow and therefore he wants them to engage in positive activities to deter them from drug abuse and criminal activities.
Goel added that his Ministry would also form mini-youth clubs in slums areas to work for the development and cleanliness of their own surroundings. He said the ministry will also organize competitions in football, volleyball etc. which would enable to spot hidden sporting talent from these slums.
Prakash Javadekar praised the initiative of Slum Yuva Daud and said, “Youth must give equal importance to studies as well as sports”. He urged the youngsters to utilise their skills for a “New India”.
Significantly, the Slum Yuva Daud and Adopt Slum campaigns aim at highlighting the government’s pro-people schemes among masses. Total 11 Slum Yuva Runs have been organized across Delhi so far with a mammoth combined participation of about 50,000 youth.
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.