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Three-day fest to boost young talent

- Chief minister tarun gogoi assures youth of better opportunities

Feb. 19: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today emphasised the need for better opportunities for youths and said the state government would do the needful with assistance from the Centre and the Nehru Yuva Kendra.

Gogoi said this while inaugurating the Assam Youth Festival of Northeast, 2013 at the Sarusajai sports complex in the city today.

The three-day youth festival, organised by the state department of sports and youth affairs, will conclude on Thursday.

Youths from different northeastern states, including Sikkim, have arrived in the city to participate in the event.

The first day of the festival turned out to be a colourful event with talented youths from different northeastern states showcasing traditional music and dance forms.

Dressed in colourful traditional attire, these enthusiastic young boys and girls cheered loud as the different contingents paraded during the inaugural ceremony. The second and third day of the event will comprise different sports events.

Gogoi said, “Talent in every field is abundant in the Northeast and the youths from this region have performed remarkably in different areas of interest, managing to earn laurels for themselves and the country. The most important objective is to offer every scope for growth in the field of their interest. We are trying to involve the youths in activities related to education, information technology, dance, drama, sport, music, art and crafts. We, together with the Centre and the Nehru Yuva Kendra, will organise more of such activities to further the cause of youths.”

“I have also instructed the state education department to emphasise physical activities for students and organise more activities like debates and extempore speech competitions, as this helps students in acquiring knowledge on different topics. We also need to educate the youths on social evils, cruelty on animals and environmental degradation,” said Gogoi.

Visitors will also get to savour the ethnic delicacies of different indigenous communities being served at different stalls on the premises of the stadium.

Art and handicraft items from these states are also being showcased here and one can very well get hold of an intricately designed piece to adorn their homes.

The Union ministry of sports and youth affairs has plans to introduce a new scheme to set up district-level sport schools in all districts across the country.