Oct 02, Colombo: A youth organization in Sri Lanka has presented a set of proposals to the Finance Ministry to be included in the 2014 budget.
The Voices of Youth (VoY) has presented these proposals in response to a request made by the Finance Ministry.
The proposals presented on behalf of the VoY by co-convener Gayan Janaka has requested the Finance Ministry to allocate 6% of GDP for education, take measures to enroll all students who pass their A/Level examination in universities and allocate funds to establish a state university consisting of several faculties.
The organization has drawn the attention of the Ministry to glaring issues faced by the youths in the country.
The VoY has pointed out that according to the National Youth Charter established by the Youth Affairs and Skills Development Ministry the youth population in the country is 4.4 million, which is 23 percent of the whole population. It is also stated that unemployment rate among the youth between 15 and 19 is 20 percent and that between 20 and 29 is 19 percent.
"This is the figure for 2011. However, this figure has exceeded 2 million at present and cutting off such a large number of youth from the economic structure is a crime and it would not be possible to bar them from being drawn towards anti-social practices," VoY has stated.