Despite launch of ‘Khelo India’, rural areas without basic sports facilities

Subodh Bhasin. Dated: 11/3/2018 11:20:40 AM

Subodh Bhasin
Jammu, Nov 2
The importance of sports and fitness in one’s life is invaluable. Playing sports inculcates team spirit, develops strategic & analytical thinking, leadership skills, goal setting and risk taking. A fit and healthy individual leads to an equally healthy society and strong nation.
Sports although is an extremely important component for the overall development of our nation. India, in the last few years has made steady progress in the field of sports. This tremendous potential needs to be showcased at a global platform. When Prime Minister himself along with Union Sports Minister laid emphasis that it is imperative to inspire young talent and give them top-notch infrastructure and training of the highest level. Beside that a there is need to inculcate a strong spirit of participation in sports that enables players to demonstrate their true potential. Only then can India realise its dream of becoming a sports super power
Despite the fact the Union Government has started to ‘Khelo India’ programme to boost the sports culture across India, several villages in the state of Jammu and Kashmir are lacking due to apathy of authorities in providing basic infrastructure.
It is worthwhile to mention here that that the Union Government launched ‘Khelo India’ in the country a year ago. The main objective is to revive sports culture in the country at the grass-roots level by building a strong framework for all sports. Under the programme, talented players will be identified by a high-powered committee and will be provided annual financialassistance of Rs 5 lakh for eight years. But unfortunately due to slackness of the authorities majority of government schools in rural areas are without basic sports infrastructure.
Recently, a meeting was held In Rajouri district in which Swaran Singh, district youth services and sports officer said that there are 1,924 government schools, 43 are higher secondary, 135 high, 435 middle and the remaining are primary schools in Rajouri and most of them require immediate sports material to implement the programme in letter and spirit. The meeting was chaired by MA. Asad, District Development Commissioner.
Due to insufficient sports infrastructure in schools, it was stressed that the district administration shall provide the necessary sports material to all 1,924 government schools as per the requirement projected by the department of youth services and sports and the education department.
Not just schools, even the sports stadium at the district headquarters has become a victim of official apathy. A major project of setting up a sports stadium was started by the district administration in 2011 are still failed to see the light of the day putting the sports activities at the back end.


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