India’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel flagged off the 10th Slum Yuva Daud on Saturday in the presence of Union Minister for Roadways and Transport Nitin Gadkari and MP Maheish Girri.
The Daud (race) started from Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Khichdipur and ended at Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Stadium, Trilokpuri. More than 5000 youth from various Delhi slums participated and each of them was awarded medals, t-shirts and certificates.
Addressing the participants, Goel said, “Our aim is to provide the youth of slum something positive so that they do not take to drugs or other anti-social activities. We will also prepare teams in future and hold competitions in football, volleyball, etc. so that we are able to find the hidden talent from these slums”.
Nitin Gadkari praised the initiative of Slum Yuva Daud and said, “Youth has tremendous energy and they must use it to transform India into “New India”.
Mahesih Girri interacted with the participants and stated, “Such activities empower the youth and they feel elated. This will surely help us in building Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.”
The Slum Yuva Daud is part of the Adopt Slum Campaign initiated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan. Total 10 Slum Yuva Runs have been organized across Delhi so far with mass participation of youth from various Delhi slums.