ISLAMABAD - The inquiry committee of Ministry of Youth Affairs, probing the matter of alleged nepotism in selection process of the National Youth Awards 2008-09, has not yet yielded any result, it was learnt. In recent past, the Ministry of Youth Affairs had constituted a committee to probe matter of favoritism in deleting the name of a deserving youth from the selected list of the National Youth Award 2008-9. Federal Minister for Youth Affairs Shahid Hussain Bhutto had set up a committee on demand of the deprived youth, who alleged that the selection committee had deleted his name from the selected list of participants. The inquiry committee had been asked to submit its report to the minister within short span of time. However, it has been learnt that despite passage of around two months there was no progress in this regard. When the affected youth, who had demanded constitution of the inquiry committee, was contacted he said that he had visited the Ministry for several times to know about the latest development, but the officials did not give him positive response. To acknowledge the extraordinary talent of youth and to build their confidence level, the Ministry of Youth Affairs had invited youngsters for taking part in the National Youth Awards 2008-09. According to details provided by the preliminary committee of the ministry headed by Senior Joint Secretary and comprising Deputy Secretary (Admin) computer trainer and experts of relevant fields, had series of meetings from July 3 to July 14, 2008 to scrutinise and shortlist the nominations to recommend at least three persons in each category. The short-listed nominations were published in national newspapers for final selection. Although regarding youth projects the high-ups of the Ministry of Youth Affairs always claimed that youngsters are purely selected on merit and on the laid down eligibility criterion. It is to be mentioned here that the National Assembly Standing Committee on Youth Affairs during its meeting held September 9, 2009 expressed reservations over the selection criteria of the youth for sending them abroad and directed the Ministry to observe the principles of merits in selecting the deserving youth for such delegations.