Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday said that the state government was contemplating some changes in Himachal Pradesh Sports Bill to make it more realistic. The controversial passed by voice vote in the state assembly in 2015 amidst protests by Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) then, was stuck in Raj Bhawan as it did not get Governor’s assent.
The BJP had opposed the Bill, alleging that it was aimed at targeting the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) headed by BJP MP, Anurag Thakur. “Our endeavour is to promote sports activities in a big way by providing adequate infrastructure to facilitate the sportspersons,” said CM. He said that a lot had to be done in providing best of facilities to the sportspersons of state who have excelled in various sports thus bringing laurels to the state.
He said that government was also mulling to have a sports academy in the state, adding that every effort would be made to promote sports activities.Thakur said that the state government would give added impetus to sports activities in the rural areas to tap the hidden talents.
He congratulated the HP Girls Kabaddi team for being crowned with gold medal in the inaugural Khelo India School Games at Delhi. He also congratulated the 26 NCC cadets who participated in Republic Day parade in New Delhi. He said that it was a matter of pride for the state to see children participating in a big National level event.
He announced to provide a sum of Rs 3.40 lakh to 26 cadets who were part of contingent in Republic Day Parade.
He honoured Olympics shooter Captain (retd.) Vijay Kumar Sharma of Harsour village of Barsar tehsil of Hamirpur district. Vijay Kumar Sharma won silver medal in shooting in London Olympics. He is also a recipient of Padmashree, Ati Vishisth Seva Medal (AVSM) besides other honours and Arjuna Award, the highest award in sports category. Education Minister, Suresh Bhardwaj was also present on the occasion among others.