Without any doubt, youth has been a revolutionary force all over the world. It is the valuable asset that can revive a nation going through hard time.
Youth of a nation can do wonders if availed, trained, educated and informed in an optimum fashion. Literally it refers to all the human force in a nation lying between the age group of 18 – 29 years. Though tender an age, yet the intellect, physical strength and wisdom it possesses has no parallel.
The incumbent government has already taken some bold initiatives in economic and financial sector, but going a step further it is now jumping into a totally different ballgame: social uplift.
For this it has just announced some schemes, six to be precise, to help the youth of the country, mainly through affordable education, soft loans and skill-based training. As good and well-intentioned as the project sounds, it is in the implementation of the project that the government has to be careful, for even a good project, if not executed and managed properly, could go down the drain.
That is all well and good; however, is it possible that with youth being over 49.76 million or 58 percent of total voters aged 40 years or younger, the PML-N government has decided to pit itself against Imran Khan’s PTI in wooing the youth, from a political perspective to use them as a card in future? If that indeed is the case, the PML-N would lose in the long run. After all, politics is all about higher goals but politicians are mostly not, they are mostly petty, vindictive and self-centred.
Our youth is frustrated by a lack of job openings and higher unemployment rates. Most of them still lack technical training to join industries productively.
Higher education is out of reach of many on account of being costly and the banking system virtually guarantees that they have no chance of getting loans to start their own businesses.
Though the new scheme may offer them some breathing room, the funds allocated for it aren’t enough to make a visible difference. And if the funds are allocated and distributed in the conventional method of patronage, then the project won’t achieve any of its objectives.
These loans must be given fairly on merit by removing all political and bureaucratic patronage from the process if the government is serious in making the project something.