Badal urges Panchayats to provide lands for sports grounds

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Ludhiana, Jan 20 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has called upon the village Panchayats to positively arrange sufficient lands for the sports grounds in the villages to encourage sports activities.

Mr Badal while speaking at the concluding day of Annual Sports Festival at Gujjarwal village near here today assured that the state government would provide regular grants to the Rural Sports Clubs to purchase required sports equipments.

Expressing concern over the unsatisfactory achievements of sports persons of Punjab at the international level, he said that the successive governments after independence had not given proper attention for the promotion of the games and strengthening of sports infrastructure in the state.

He said that his government had decided to fully streamline the sports activities at all the levels in the state and would ensure comprehensive training to the outstanding players selecting them from the primary school level.

He claimed that during previous tenure of SAD-BJP government in Punjab, a number of national and international level players had been provided with suitable jobs in the police department, but during the last Congress government, this practice was completely abandoned.

The Chief Minister informed that now again after coming into power, his government had resumed the recruitment of outstanding sports persons to the posts from Sepoy to DSP level in police as per the achievements of the players at national and international competitions.

Mr Badal further added that his government had also announced cash prizes of Rs 1 crore for Gold Medal, Rs 50 lakh for Silver and Rs 25 lakh for Bronze Medal in Olympic Games to the Punjabi players.

Mr Badal announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for organising Sports Club of the village. Later, in a sports function at Samrala he announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for development of Stadium in Bondli village.

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