Dateline Tehri: For 23 year old Divya Negi it was a dream come true. Pursuing her Gandhi Fellowship Programme under ADC-NITI with district administration Udham Singh Nagar the young girl from Sunargaon, Tehri Garhwal got the golden opportunity to represent Devbhoomi at the fourth edition of the National Youth Parliament Festival held in New Delhi on the 1st and 2nd of March, 2023.
One of the twenty nine speakers who went on represent their State, Divya cleared several rounds of competitive selection from block to district to state level competing with young-minds her age. Divya came out as a winner and went on to represent Uttarakhand, an experience she holds dear, “it was inspiring and thrilling. It was nice to meet several eminent personalities and hear them speak in the historical Central Hall of Parliament of India.”
An annual feature, the National Youth Parliament Festival (NYPF) aims to make the voice of the youth of the country heard and give a lifetime experience to the future generation who will be joining various careers including public services in the years to come. The theme for 2023 was ‘ India for the World’ and Divya choose to speak on the topic of “India G-20 Presidency: One Earth, One Family, One Future.” She wore the hill-state’s traditional attire representing its true spirit.
Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Anurag Singh Thakur took part in the closing ceremony in Delhi; MoS, Youth Affairs & Sports Mr. Nisith Pramanik; Secretary Youth Affairs Smt. Meeta Rajivlochan; Secretary Sports Smt. Sujata Chaturvedi along with other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. Addressing the youth, Mr. Anurag Thakur said, ‘You are the present and the future architects of this country.” The Union Minister stated, “girls are at the forefront in all fields including sports and how out of the 85 participants at the National Youth Parliament Festival, 61 are girls.”