The youngsters from various Delhi slums appreciated the Ministry’s efforts to provide them a platform like this. Shri Goel said that slum Yuva Daud was an initiative to motivate the youth to work for a better tomorrow and engage them in constructive activities to deter them from drug abuse, criminal activities and terrorism etc.
Goel added that the Ministry would also prepare mini-youth clubs in slums who will work for the development and cleanliness of their respective slums. He said, ‘We will also organize competitions in football, volleyball etc. which would enable us to find hidden sporting talent from these slums”. Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh praised the initiative of Slum Yuva Daud and said, “Youth is the backbone of our nation and such activities help in their all-round development and encourage them to work for nation building. Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar who came joined the Slum Daud for a second time called the initiative a golden opportunity for future sportspersons to shine. He stated that such efforts will go a long way to create sports culture in the country and help the Ministry to tap talented youth. The Slum Yuva Daud is part of the ongoing Adopt Slum Campaign initiated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan. Total 12 Slum Yuva Runs were organized across Delhi with a combined participation of 60,000 youth.