Heading Sports & Youth Welfare Ministry, it is Sukhbir Singh Badal’s constant endeavor to channelize youth’s energy in scripting Punjab’s growth story. The youth and the government are jointly responsible for growth, while taking brand Punjab (?) to all-new heights of glory. This has been made possible by investing in initiatives like Kabaddi World Cup and Punjab Skill Development Mission.
Rs 3,197,600,000 have been invested in the last 9 years for developing new world-class stadiums across the state while Rs 180,300,000 have been invested for building gyms in rural Punjab.
Punjab Vocational Training Council has also been constituted to create opportunities for Punjab’s youth and help them acquire skills of their choice for livelihood.
Punjab Skill Development Mission in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation has been working to increase the youth’s avenues for self-employment.
192 skill development centers have also been planned across the state to make the youth employment generators and not job seekers.
Punjab Government had set up 10 multi-purpose stadiums and six hockey stadiums with Astroturf. Out of the three world-class Astroturf’s in India, two are in Punjab.
Curbing the menace of unemployment; 1,13,766 government jobs were offered to the youth of Punjab in 2016.
To encourage more youth from the state to join the forces, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) in Sector 77 Mohali has been established. All the expenses of the training are borne by the government.