The youth leadership of Maharashtra converged in Mumbai, on Friday, as Sakal Media Group (SMG) launched its new initiative – Youth Leadership Conference – with a mission to bring about development in the state and take India to newer heights.
At a function held at the Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan at Nariman Point here, youths and GenNext leaders – cutting across party lines – deliberated on issues confronting Maharashtra – and came out with solutions, during extensive parallel discussion sessions by analysing threadbare, various problem areas.
The emerging leaders from different stratas of society came to the commercial capital from various corners of Maharashtra right from urban centres to rural hinterland and highlighted a mix of problems while also offering a range of solutions.
The issues that came to be discussed included education, infrastructure, power scenario, water, basic infrastructure, sanitation, law and order, banking, funding of projects, pro-active governance, involvement of local populace or the common man in developmental programmes.
Launching the initiative, Sakal Media Group’s Managing Director Abhijit Pawar made a power-point presentation highlighting the socially-oriented campaigns that the media house has launched since 2012 like the Pune Bus Day, Tanishka Women’s Dignity Forum, Freedom from Drought, Tandurust Bandobast and culminating with the Delivering Maharashtra Programme.
Friday’s event was yet another initiative of the SMG – and would offer the youth of the State a platform to raise issues, interact, search for solutions, incorporate emerging technologies in bringing out a change by involving the common man.
It is pertinent to note that by 2020, India is set to become the world’s youngest country with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group.
“It is time for change….The Sakal platform is for you, the Tanishka platform is for you, it is you who would all have to decide the future, as you would emerge as leaders of tomorrow,” Pawar said, adding “People’s participation (for development) is a must. I am firm and I am going to give it a try…we are going ahead and doing it…join hands for development of Maharashtra.”
The event started with an audio-visual on the SMG’s initiatives, followed by Pawar’s presentation, then a question-answer session and culminating in the interaction of youth in different groups.
The SMG has embarked on an ambitious mission for socio-economic transformation across the various states of India and beyond via The “Delivering Change Programme” (DCP), in partnership with Malaysia’s PEMANDU (Performance Management & Delivery Unit), an autonomous unit under the Malaysian Prime Minister’s department. This innovative programme will integrate the participation of the civil society, business and government in a meaningful engagement to deliver on various social and economic issues and challenges.
SMG and PEMANDU will see the integration of SMG’s Sakal Trinity 7 (ST7) model and Pemandu’s ‘Big Fast Results’ (BFR) methodology to bring about social transformation. The BFR methodology has got global recognition from the likes of Harvard, Princeton, AT Kearney, World Bank and 14 countries including Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Tanzania and Russia to name a few.