Centre ramps up sports infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir

  • IANS

    IANS | New Delhi

    June 8, 2017 | 03:51 PM
Jammu and Kashmir, Vijay Goel, sports, Imran Raza Ansari

Sports Minister Vijay Goel (Photo: IANS)

To enhance the sports infrastructure further, the ministry of youth affairs and sports has got PSUs to put in Rs.40 crore.

The centre has sanctioned Rs.200 crore for development of sports infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir with a hope to dissuade the strife-torn valley's youth from going "astray".

Jammu and Kashmir's sports minister Imran Raza Ansari on Thursday called on union sports minister Vijay Goel to discuss initiatives to boost sports activities in the state.

"The sports minister of Jammu and Kashmir Imran Raza Ansari met our officers and discussed many things. The meeting was very fruitful. Now the youth of Jammu and Kashmir will not go astray and will not be attracted towards destructive activities," Goel said at his official residence.

A total of Rs.50 crore has already been released by the government, specifically to upgrade the existing infrastructure in Poonch and Rajouri districts, besides building indoor halls in 12 other districts of the state.

To enhance the sports infrastructure further, the ministry of youth affairs and sports has got PSUs to put in Rs.40 crore.

Goel added, "We had been working in this direction. There will be better facilitation in the valley as far as sports is concerned, in terms of speeding up of stadiums construction work."

The minister felt it was important that the energy of the youth is channelised towards the betterment of the society and the state.

"The youth of Jammu and Kashmir has tremendous potential to excel in the arena of sports and work for nation building and we're committed to provide them the best.

"The other day in our institute in Patiala we have given a lot of youth from Jammu and Kashmir opportunity to do coaching courses and many among those will be appointed coaches by the government."

Ansari said there is no dearth of talent in Jammu and Kashmir.

"I thank Goel saab for all the help, all our demands are being considered. There is a lot of talent in Jammu and Kashmir and they just need good guidance. Sports was in the background in Jammu and Kashmir before Goel saab," Ansari, who also holds the youth services, technical education and information technology portfolios, said.

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