India is a country suffering from overpopulation to such an extent that unemployment has become a major issue. What acts as a matter of concern is the fact that many of the young educated men and women of the country are forced to take up jobs that are below their educational qualifications. Unemployment in India has rendered many to turn sweepers and clerks and this is no news. With India suffering against unemployment at such grave extent, there is a country that spends on you once you turn eighteen. We are referring to Italy here.
The government of Italy has decided to issue a cultural bonus of 500 Euros to its youth once they reach the age of eighteen. Every 18-year-old will be entitled to this ‘cultural bonus’ as it is referred to by the government and this sum is to be strictly used for cultural experiences that includes visiting the theatres, concerts, museums, purchase of books and visiting archeological parks.
What has come as a surprise is that the government of Italy has come up with this initiative at the time, when the country has been hit by financial crisis that the government is dealing with on serious terms. The public debt of the country has reached 2.25 trillion euros and yet the government seems to stay out and not shy away from spending a 290 million euros for its youth.
The aim behind the ‘cultural bonus’ is to let the students engage in culturally rich activities and this acts a clear message to the youngsters. These initiative is set to begin on September 15th and will benefit as many as 5,75,000 teenagers of the country.
While the youth of Italy definitely have a reason to celebrate as soon as they leave their schools (obviously with 37,000 in their pockets), we only can imagine out country taking any such initiative.