Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Scheme for Promotion of National Integration

National integration among citizens has always been a matter of concern for the Government of India. To encourage national integration, the Government of India launched the Scheme for the Promotion of National Integration (SPNI). The prime objective of introducing this scheme was to provide a common platform to youths of different religions, regions and castes for developing communal harmony.

The Scheme for the Promotion of National Integration (SPNI) tends to instill a sense of national integration among the youth, who are the future of India. By coming together for development tasks under this scheme, the youth are able to learn about different cultures, and are able to develop a sense of unity in diversity.

Features of the Scheme for the Promotion of National Integration (SPNI)

The Scheme for the Promotion of National Integration (SPNI) provides assistance in the form of grant-in-aid towards the arrangement of camps for the youth to promote national integration. Programmes like the National Integration Camp (NIC), the Inter-State Youth Exchange Programme (ISYEP) and the National Youth Festival, as well as multi-cultural activity programmes and leadership-training driven camps for the youth, are some of the special programmes arranged frequently to promote a sense of communal harmony among the youth. National Youth Awards are also presented to foster the growth of communal harmony.

Usually, the activities conducted under such programmes of the Scheme for the Promotion of National Integration (SPNI) include mass literacy, drug awareness, AIDS awareness, yoga and meditation camps, and training for creating community assets. Together with these activities, the youth is also familiarized with environmental issues, family life issues and social customs.

The eligibility age-limit for the youth to be a part of the Scheme for the Promotion of National Integration (SPNI) is 13-35 years. This scheme is perfect for those young people, who are inclined towards serving the country, while enhancing community relations.

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