The Government of Haryana has planned to train about 70,000 youths from about 7,000 villages to associate them with rural development.
Om Prakash Dhankar, the State’s Panchayats and Development Minister, said that the youths would coordinate with officials to speed up developmental activities in their villages and would also work as watchdogs to curb corruption in such activities. The first programme will be organized in Hassanpur village of Jhajjar district under the concept "youth for rural development".
Dhankar said, "Each youth participating in this initiative will be volunteering by giving at least three years to the development of their village. They would be given certificates like those issued to the NCC cadets or NSS volunteers.” The minister said every youngster willing to be a volunteer would be imparted a week’s training wherein district-level officials would apprise them about the departments that deal with rural development.
As per the minister, such training to youths from all villages of the state may take three to four years. To associate themselves with the government’s move, few businessmen have already started showing interest in the development of their native villages.