Hafeez chairs meeting of officers regarding National Youth Festival

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 26: In prelude to the restructured National Youth Festival 2024 and preparations being made by Youth Services and Sports (YSS) Department thereof, Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, chaired a meeting of senior officers here today. The Secretary had detailed discussion on various activities to be undertaken with regard to the forthcoming mega event.
Sarmad Hafeez mentioned that J&K alongwith 6 other States, Union Territories have been allotted the theme “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” and enjoined upon the officers to ensure that the rich culture, cuisines and crafts of the UT are properly showcased through the festival.
The Secretary hoped that the festival would provide ample opportunities to youth to display their unique talent, exchange ideas and engage in various cultural, social and sports activities on a bigger platform.
“We should explore some out of box ideas to contribute and make our UT stand out among other States/UTs in this annual event” he added. Hafeez said that all the preparations pertaining to participation of J&K youth should be made well in time and participation of maximum number of boys and girls in the event should be encouraged.
Secretary also directed the subordinate officers to explore all the possibilities of bringing maximum benefits to the youth through the ‘Yuva Portal’ launched by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, GOI.
Sarmad Hafeez highlighted the need of capacity building of stakeholders for creating know-how regarding the portal which would prove very helpful in making this platform a one stop portal for the youth related services and issues.
The meeting was told that the Nation Wide Fit India Swachata Freedom Run shall start on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti and the Department of Youth Services & Sports should ensure that, Walkathons, Runs and Historical Walks should be organised for the youth in all the 20 districts of the UT.