KATMANDU, JULY 18
The federal government has developed a model “Procedure for youth participation in planning at local level, 2021” with a view to increasing meaningful participation of young people in the planning process at local levels according to its needs and priorities.
This procedure will come into effect at the local level after its approval by the relevant executive. It gives priority to young people aged 16 to 40 belonging to geographically, socio-culturally, economically and politically disadvantaged communities.
Young people with disabilities, victims of conflict, vulnerable, marginalized and endangered communities, minorities, Dalits, Muslims and backward areas were listed under “special priority group youth”.
According to the procedure published on the website of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, the local level is required to maintain and update youth records on the basis of population, gender, origin ethnicity, language, religion, educational status, economic status, disability, occupation, among others, using information technology.
“The local level will collaborate with organized youth groups such as youth clubs, youth associations or social organizations, scouts, political parties, entrepreneurs and volunteers for the collection and compilation of data.
“Young people will be involved in different planning processes at local level based on their expertise or experience after preparing a list. Likewise, the participation of young people will be ensured in the implementation and monitoring of various thematic plans at the local level. Says the procedure. It also envisages the participation of young people in the formulation and implementation of policies.
“An institutional system will be developed to involve young people in the selection and implementation of plans, while placing them in leadership roles. Local government will create an environment conducive to discussion, interaction and advocacy to formulate youth-friendly plans and programs, in addition to making optimal use of their knowledge, skills and time in economic development. , social and cultural of local units ”, indicates the procedure.
The local level will also adopt an inclusion and affirmative action policy to integrate young people from a special priority group into the policy development and implementation process.
As the condition and needs of young people of various age groups are different, they will be classified into two age groups.
According to the procedure, provision will be made for the participation of young people from the initial stage of identifying the project or program at neighborhood level.
Young people will have their share in the formation of the users’ committee, while allocating the necessary budget for the implementation of youth-centered programs.
The procedure also provides for the establishment of an 11-member youth coordination committee for the operation of the programs.
A version of this article appears in the July 19, 2021 print of The Himalayan Times.