Union minister and former Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel has announced to adopt 1,000 slum youth with gifted skills. Goel said it was actually the responsibility of the Delhi government to come up with welfare programmes for the youths of the slum to stop them from getting involved in drugs and criminal activities. Unfortunately, the state government has turned a blind eye.
To mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday, Goel organised the event attended by Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Prakash Javadekar. Speaking on the programme to adopt skilled slum youth, Goel said that talent should not be confined to the privileged. He also mentioned that youth from slums are immensely skilled, but due to lack of resources, their talent is not fully recognised. Their parents are working hard to make ends meet, but they have no money to invest to polish their children's skills. To hone such talents, youth from slums would be adopted through this programme.
To know their area of skills, the youth will be required to fill a form and will be evaluated through a process. Various institutes associated with the event will sponsor the programme.
Goel shares a deep relation with the slums of Delhi. Last year, he organised a slum marathon through which he was able to mobilise 60,000 slum youth. Reminiscing about the discipline shown by the youth from the marathon, Goel said that youth from best of educational institutes could not be compared to the discipline of slum youth.
On the occasion, Piyush Goyal has offered a free train ride to the selected youth from Delhi to Agra. Union minister of education Prakash Javadekar said that talent is not born looking at the house or city. He cited that many people coming out of small towns and cities are making India immensely proud through their extraordinary skills. As part of the event, a cultural performance by C-Youth made the programme come alive.