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India has the largest ever cohort of young people making transition to adulthood. In the National Youth Policy-2003, ‘youth’ was defined a person of age between 13-35 years is about 41 percent and of the total youth population in the country, 69.67 percent are in rural areas. More than 70% of the total Indian population is below the age of 35 years.

It may be noted that in the current National Youth Policy Document 2014, of the Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, (MoYAS) Government of India, the youth age-group is defined as 15-29 years, with a view to have a more focused approach, as far as various policy interventions are concerned. Youth in the age group of 15-29 years comprise 27.5% of the population. At present, about 34% of India’s Gross National Income (GNI) is contributed by the youth, aged 15-29 years.

Youth being the most vibrant and resourceful segment of the country’s population, they have a vital role to play in fostering and strengthening socio-economic development. The challenge is to unleash their innate capabilities to come out of poverty, generate development and livelihoods outcomes, which enable them to live a healthy and meaningful life. Nonetheless, there exists a huge potential to increase the contribution of this class of the nation’s citizenry by increasing their labour force participation and their productivity.

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