New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the valedictory function of the second National Youth Parliament Festival on 12 January 2021 via video conferencing.
Three national winners of the Festival will also express their views during the event. Lok Sabha Speaker, Union Education Minister, and Union MoS (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports will also be present on the occasion.
The objective of the National Youth Parliament Festival is to hear the voice of youth between 18 and less than 25 years of age, who will join various careers in the coming years, including public services.
A total of 88,000 youth participated in the program. 56 State Awardees and 728 finalists from 28 States participated in the National Youth Parliament on 26 February 2019 in New Delhi. On 27 February 2019, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi awarded the Top 3 winners of the first National Youth Parliament Festival, who also got an opportunity to share their thoughts in presence of the Prime Minister.
To continue with the same spirit and objective, with enhanced enthusiasm, the 2nd National Youth Parliament Festival 2021 was launched on 23rd December 2020 through virtual mode which was witnessed by more than 23 Lac youth and stakeholders across the country at district, state, and national level.
This was followed by the organization of District Youth Parliaments which were conducted through Virtual mode from 24-29 December 2020. In this, 2.34 Lac youth (18-25 years) from 698 Districts of all States and UTs in India participated through 150 venues. It was followed by State Youth Parliaments through the virtual mode from 01 to 05 January 2021 in which 1st and 2nd winners from participating districts numbering 1,345 took part. During District and State Youth Parliaments, the participants deliberated a maximum of 4 minutes on the given topics and were adjudged winners by a five Member Jury.
The Finals of the National Youth Parliament Festival, 2021 will be held in the Central Hall of the Parliament on 11th January 2021. 84 winners from States/ Union Territories will get an opportunity to be present in the Central Hall of Parliament before the Lok Sabha Speaker; Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha along with Minister (IC), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and other dignitaries. 29 National winners will get an opportunity to speak before the National Jury comprising of Ms. Roopa Ganguly, MP, Rajya Sabha, Shri Parvesh Sahib Singh, MP; Lok Sabha, and Shri Prafulla Ketkar, an eminent journalist.
The National Youth Festival is celebrated every year from 12th to 16th January. 12th January being the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is observed as National Youth Day. This year, NYPF is also being organized along with the National Youth Festival.
Due to COVID-19, the 24th National Youth Festival is being held in virtual mode. ‘YUVAAH- Utsah Naye Bharat Ka’ is the theme of this year’s festival, which suggests, the youth bring alive the celebration of New India.
(With PIB inputs)