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New Delhi : Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel on July 22, 2017, flagged off the 10th Slum Yuva Daud with Union Minister for Roadways and Transport Nitin Gadkari and  Maheish Girri, MP, here. The Daud started from Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Khichdipur, and ended at Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Stadium, Trilokpuri. More than 5,000 youth from various Delhi slums participated and each of them was awarded medals, t-shirts and certificates.

Goel interacted with the participants before the daud started and each of them gave him a positive feedback and appreciated the Ministry’s efforts to provide them a platform like this. Some of the youngsters shared their ideas while some sang patriotic songs, according to a PIB release.

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.”

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. Ten Slum Yuva Runs have been organized across Delhi so far, according to the PIB release.

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