Aristotle had said, “youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope”. The Punjabi Youth believed Modi in 2014 but within less than two years they are repenting for the mistake they have done. It seems the Prime Minister forgot about the 3Ds – darkness, destruction and devastation – caused by drugs. They are wondering how the Prime Minister can conveniently close his eyes to the State’s turmoil just for political mileage.
What does the youth of Punjab want? Punjab is my home state and for the emotional connect I share with Punjabi mitti, I have covered the State extensively with the sole of objective of understanding youth problems and their expectations. I found 3Es in the wish list of Punjabi youth – education, employment and eradication of drug menace. They want better infrastructure, policy implementation and corruption free society.
Have we lost the war? I am an optimist and I think like me, the youth of Punjab, even though apprehensive and frustrated, have still faith that situation will improve and Punjab will regain its lost glory. Having said so, let me candidly admit, turn around will be a challenging task. From one of the prosperous states, Punjab is now in a huge debt trap because of mismanagement of state finance. The debt burden of Punjab government has gone up from Rs.48,344 crore in 2006-07 to Rs.1.25 lakh crore in 2015-16 which is whopping 32% of gross state domestic product. Punjab government is paying only basic salary to the employees of State government during their probation period. The youth of Punjab needs a leadership who they can trust, who is sincere to solve their problems with a proven track record. They do neither believe in fake propaganda nor want to experiment with uncertainty. There is still hope for the youth of Punjab. I cannot see a generation destroyed by madness of drugs. Decent education, both in terms of skills and values, and availability of productive employment is one of the best routes to guide the youth of Punjab.
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