The role of youth in governance was first (in
India) initiated by former Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, he introduced a provision whereby people could vote when they were 18, earlier it was 21. But out here we are trying to discuss the actual role that the youth can play in governance. Usually governance is carried out by two organizations; first the civil services and second the political parties. It is in civil services that people are recruited on the basis of merit and in political parties on the basis of elections. Since political leaders and their parties are more aware of the public needs and demands because of regular speeches and meetings, they (political parties and leaders) usually frame policies, and the civil servants do the implementation job.
Now let’s look at it the other way round, how about civil servants frame the policies and the political parties and the leaders do the job of communicating the policy to the general public. And the political parties give feedback on how the policy is being implemented and the general response.
But if Civil servants make policies and political parties implement them, this goes against the whole concept of democracy. Because when people elect their representatives they want them to frame the policies and decide what is good and what is not. But on the other hand the political leaders are not experts in the field of economics, finance, public administration, but civil servants are, so they are in a better position to frame policies.
Framing policies is one area where the youth can play a very influential role.