Conrad Launches YESS Program to Create Youth Development Support System

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Shillong, July 27: Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Wednesday launched Youth Empowerment through Youth Organization (YESS) at Pinewood Hotel with District Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, Issawanda Laloo, and Commissioner and Secretary of State, Dr. Vijay Kumar, and Under Secretary Shivansh Awasthi.

The YESS program is an initiative undertaken by the government of Meghalaya to create one of the most effective youth development support systems by providing monetary assistance to youth organizations up to Rs. 1 lakh to ensure greater success and impact in more communities.

The program was attended by many youth organizations of which three organizations gave speeches. Lucia Synrem, member of the Clean Sohra campaign and also head of the education department of Sohra Government College, stressed the importance of harnessing the power of young people from an early age to participate in organizations that aim to bring about change in society.

Catthreenia Nongkynrih, Secretary General of Meghalaya Model United Nations, spoke about the importance of giving equal opportunities to young people belonging to the rural areas of the state as well.

Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma emphasized the importance of promoting and engaging with traditional institutional networks and various social networks in the state. “The women are very active in terms of grassroots, they connect their household and family and they have strong social connectivity in the village and between villages. Therefore, if we get a woman from every household to be part of the self-help group movement, we can create a revolution and thus all our work to engage with women has begun,” the Chief Minister said.

He further mentioned that out of a thousand self-help group members, the government today reached 4.5 lakh women who joined the self-help groups, making it about 40,000 self-help groups in the state. Across the various states, the central schemes the government touched about Rs. 400 crores which was distributed to all self-help groups in and around the state.

Other programs that the government has taken over also include the farmers program which allows every farming family to participate in the government network program. Another program includes the Meghalaya Grassroot Project which enables young people to pursue their interests in music by performing in and around the city, building confidence and making music a career.

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