Youth to Benefit from National Youth Development Index Survey and Young Development Fellows Programmes
Mr. Muhammad Usman Dar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs called on Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform to discuss National Youth Development Index Survey, and Young Development Fellows (YDF) programmes. National Youth Development Index Survey would be a first-ever district-level national survey to capture data on youth development in different provinces/regions of the country. It was decided in the meeting that Government would launch National Youth Development Index Survey to gauge real development needs of youth in different areas of Pakistan. It would not only help in targeted interventions for the socio- economic development of youth but would also promote a culture of spending on youth development among the provinces. Young Development Fellows (YDF) Program is a remarkable initiative of Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform to ensure active participation of young professionals in national development by creating a pool of young development fellows. It hires 40 young professionals annually for a period of one year to impart them on-the–job training in running Government business. It was also agreed in the meeting that Government would work on scaling up the said programme to accommodate more young development fellows through it annually. Mr. Muhammad Usman Dar thanked Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar for his support in furthering the cause of youth development in country through various youth-focused initiatives.