Naga Sravan Kilaru recently won the highest award in the country given to youth for ‘active citizenship’.
Twenty-four-year-old Naga Sravan Kilaru from Vijayawada firmly believes that ‘a democracy which is not participatory is not a democracy at all.’
Sravan was like anyone else around him during his teenage years. But his journey into politics and active participation in the democratic process started after a brief meeting with Anna Hazare. And today, Sravan finds himself working arduously towards youth involvement in government policies and holding lawmakers responsible.
Kilaru Naga Sravan, has been striving hard for youth to get involved in politics since 2014 through various campaigns and workshops. He has been selected for the prestigious ‘National Youth Award’ recently. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India distributes this award every year for people who work hard for the upliftment of youth in a country’s development.
He regularly conducts ‘Mock Parliaments’ to explain youth about how it runs. He is also working on ‘Young Parliamentarian’ initiative to engage more people to take up politics. He said that there is only 2 percent of people aged below 30 were representing parliament
This year, the award distributed on National Youth Day (January 12, 2018) at National Youth Festival at Jaipur, Rajasthan. Sravan also participated in the United Nations Youth Assembly recently and discussed the importance of youth in politics. He represented India in many youth activities all over the world.
He filed many RTI requests to save people’s money. “I completed my Engineering in Bengaluru. There was a 20-acre lake beside my college and it was forgotten. I went to that lake and found that the officials used the funds of the lake to build a shopping complex. Then I filed an RTI application to know whereabouts of the funds. Later, the officials started cleaning the lake,” he shared.
He regularly conducts ‘Mock Parliaments’ to explain youth about how it runs. He is also working on ‘Young Parliamentarian’ initiative to engage more people to take up politics. He said that there is only 2 percent of people aged below 30 were representing parliament.
He concluded, “The State and Central Governments must set up the‘State and National Youth Counsels’ to indulge youth in politics. Youth involvement in government policies helps the countries development,”