The youth of Uzbekistan who need state support will be assigned to each minister, his deputies, hokim of regions, districts and cities, head of sector, rector, commander of the National Guard and military units. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev stated this at a meeting on April 11.

“This is a system that does not exist anywhere else in the world. Young people, based on problems, are assigned to each minister and his deputies, hokim and his deputies, heads of sectors and their deputies, heads of the district level. This is an absolutely revolutionary system. The president has determined that now each ministry and agency head will directly conduct a dialogue for human dignity and youth development and design [training] programs for themselves,” said Deputy Minister of Youth Policy and Sports and Director of the Youth Affairs Agency Alisher Sa’dullayev in an interview with Uzbekistan 24.

At the meeting, it was noted that a completely new system of work with youth will be introduced.

After studying social status, abilities and interests, the youth from 14 to 30 years old were divided into three categories. It was now emphasized that they would be divided on the basis of specific criteria.

  • “Good” category: 4.4 million young people who study well, start their own business, work in the formal sector, have abilities, are socially active;
  • “Medium” category: 4.6 million young people who could not find a job in the formal sector because of the necessities of life, but are economically active;
  • “Heavy” category: 396,000 young people who wait for state care and attention and need help.

The President elaborated on the third category. He informed that 116,000 young people have disabilities, 30,000 have chronic diseases, 32,000 young people are in preventive treatment, 16,000 are under the supervision of probation service, 9000 are regularly missing lessons.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev specified that 50 young people in the third category who need attention will be assigned to each minister, his deputy, hokim of regions, districts and cities, sectoral governor, rector, the commander of the National Guard and military units. They will support vocational training and job placement for wards and assist them in obtaining loans, subsidies, and guarantees.

In addition, ministries and departments and hokimiyats should focus on working with the 4.6 million young people in the “middle” category, he said.