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The Five Year Plan grows up—to focus on adolescent needs

Teens Today
Gireesh G.V.
Teens Today
outlookindia.com
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Who are adolescents in India? Our draft youth policy defines adolescence as the age between 13 to 19 years, the reproductive and child health programme recognises 10- to 19-year-olds as adolescents, the Integrated Child Development Services say adolescent girls are 11 to 18 years old, and the Constitution and labour laws consider all below age 14 to be children.

No wonder, adolescents have long been ignored in India's plans for the future. But things are about to change. Adolescents will finally get a better deal in the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-07) to be released later this year. The Planning Commission, realising the need to focus on this young population segment, set up a working group on adolescents to provide inputs to the Tenth Five Year Plan.

The group's report is in. And India's 230 million adolescents, 23 per cent of our population, will now have a precise place in the blueprint for development. They will now be, in policyspeak, categorised as people between ages 10 and 19.

Also, the lack of concern for our young, discernible in our health and...
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