The first in a series of public outreach programmes, AAP’s Delhi Dialogue on Saturday at Jantar Mantar served as the ground for the party’s declaration of its five-point blueprint for Delhi youth.
The five-point agenda announcement by the party came in front of a sea of supporters — young and old people, men and women.
The agenda lists affordable education, jobs, emphasis on sports and sporting facilities, free wifi and a fight against drugs as the party’s primary goals to empower youth.
“For the youth, the biggest problem is higher education. Close to 1.5 lakh students pass Class 12 in the city each year. Many of them don’t get admission in colleges. We will set up 20 colleges in the outskirts of Delhi. Wherever villagers are ready to provide land to us we will build new colleges. Along with conventional courses, these colleges will also focus on vocational education,” said the party’s chief ministerial candidate, Arvind Kejriwal.
The party has also promised scholarships, fee waivers and loans to students who have passed class 12 exams from Delhi and have got admission in a college in the city. The government will act as a guarantor for these loans.
To push job creation, AAP is also planning to set up incubation centres to encourage youth to become job creators instead of employees.
“Of the 29 industrial areas in Delhi, around 20 are lying empty because there is no water, power or roads to set up industries there. We have created a roadmap to create between 7 lakh and 10 lakh jobs in five years. In the Delhi government alone there are 55,000 vacancies and these are for posts such as teachers, doctors, nurses etc,” Kejriwal said.
According to rough estimates, more than 5,000 people attended Saturday’s event. The crowd was varied and had people from all walks of life. A large number of auto rickshaw drivers also came to show their support for the party.
The event was attended by a number of senior AAP leaders, including the likes of Yogendra Yadav, Meera Sanyal, Bhagwant Mann, Sanjay Singh and Gopal Rai. “The education model proposed by AAP is something that every government will follow in the coming two years,” claimed Yogendra Yadav.
The event also saw the presence of National Skill Development Council chief operating officer Atul Bhatnagar, who attended Delhi Dialogue in his personal capacity. Mahesh Murthy, founder Seedfund, was also present and emphasized on the importance of the internet.
“Our new motto should be roti, kapda, makaan aur internet. The internet empowers people,” Murthy said.
According to AAP leaders, Delhi Dialogue will be an ongoing process. The next one is planned for the party’s foundation day, November 26 and will be on women issues.