LAHORE:16 March: Punjab youth policy should be thoroughly reviewed and redrafted so as to addressing the issues and challenges being faced by uneducated and rural youths as the current version of the policy focuses more on educated and urban youth. The issues of transgender/differently talented youths must also be more effectively addressed in Punjab youth policy. This is one of the recommendations put forth by the participants of a policy dialogue forum on Punjab youth policy and youth employ-ability. The event was jointly organised here Thursday under UKaid-funded project ‘Empowering Youth for Employment and Entrepreneurship’. Members of Punjab Assembly, academia, corporate executives, university students, youth representatives from various districts across the province and members of civil society participated in three different panel discussion. Participants had a consensus that the Punjab youth policy should encourage youth volunteerism as a mandatory requirement through private and public initiatives. Youth policy should be a part of the curriculum and be taught at all levels. The policy should suggest the maximum percentage of GDP for the youth budget in the next five years. Right to employment and right to seek admission to all the educational institutions within Punjab should be ensured. Speaking on the occasion, ruling PML-N’s provincial legislator Ramesh Singh Arora assured the participants that recommendations formulated and submitted by the participants of this dialogue forum will be seriously considered by his party and issues highlighted would be included in the PML-N’s election manifesto along with durable solutions. Hashim Bilal said that a multi-sectoral approach towards the growing employ-ability concerns in Pakistan is the need of the hour. Purpose of the Policy Dialogue was to bring the major stakeholders together to initiate the discussion on the real-time challenges faced by youth with regards to employment and entrepreneurship and how the provincial youth policy is addressing those challenges. Faiza Malik, an MPA of opposition PPP, termed the lack of career counselling opportunities a serious concern. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s MPA Saadia Sohail Rana informed the audience that more than 60% of Pakistan’s population consists of youth, which should be turned into a strength rather than a weakness.The news.