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Youth Affairs Department Proposes Dropping ‘Nehru’ From Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan

The proposal seeks to justify dropping ‘Nehru’ on the grounds that the organisation has now “acquired a truly national character” covering 623 districts.

Newly-appointed sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Credit: PTI

Newly-appointed sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports prepared an official proposal for the cabinet to drop ‘Nehru’ from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS).

NYKS is an autonomous organisation that was set up during Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure as prime minister.

According a report in the Indian Express, the department has proposed to rename it as National Yuva Kendra Sangathan.

The NYK scheme, started in 1972, was envisaged to help in the development of rural non-student youth as the population of non-student youth with low literacy was comparatively higher in proportion. Part of the silver jubilee celebrations of India’s independence, the scheme was started in 32 districts and later expanded to 311 districts by 1986-87 when the Rajiv Gandhi government decided to make it autonomous. In 1987, it was registered as a society as NYKS.

The proposal seeks to justify dropping ‘Nehru’ on the grounds that the organisation has now “acquired a truly national character” covering 623 districts. Also, it has evolved not only to include student-youth but also those in urban areas, reported the Indian Express.

The proposal also claims that the scheme undertakes “dissemination of information and advocacy” of the Narendra Modi government’s national programmes likes Swachh Bharat, Digital India, Namami Gange among others at the national level, the report went on to say.

The proposal also suggests that dropping ‘Nehru’ won’t affect the brand name in any way as the acronym NYKS will remain the same.

Vishnu Dutt Sharma, a RSS member who was the NYKS vice-president between March 2015-December 2016, told the Indian Express, “When I travelled across various parts of the country as vice-president of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, I received several memorandums and suggestions from youth clubs to rename the organisation either after Vivekananda or rename it National Yuva Kendra Sangathan. I suitably apprised the board of governors”.

The proposal was first mooted within the board of governors when the BJP came to power in 2014.