Sports Ministers' conference to assess infrastructure requirement

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New Delhi, July 7 : The centre has convened a conference of State Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports here on July 9 to review schemes in the area of youth affairs and sports and to assess infrastructure requirement at grassroot level.

The Centre has plans to provide basic sports infrastructure at Panchayat level through mission mode, over a period of 10 years as a centrally sponsored programme.

The conference to be chaired by Dr. M.S. Gill, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, would discuss in detail and assess statewise requirements of infrastructure under the programme.

To create modern sports infrastructure throughout the country, the conference would also discuss creation of outdoor or indoor stadia, water sports infrastructure, winter-sports infrastructure, shooting range and installation of synthetic tracks.

Schemes prepared by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to provide scientific training to groom the sports persons in the age group of 14-21 years and to scout and nurture the natural talent for modern competitive sports and games from inaccessible tribal, rural and coastal areas of the country would also be reviewed.

States would also be asked to suggest plans for better coordination with SAI's centres in their respective States to ensure better results.

Suggestions and feedback on the draft scheme would also be sought during the conference. Discussion on the draft scheme of sports for disabled and Draft National Physical Fitness Programme are also in the agenda of the conference.

The Centre has requested the States to expedite construction of ongoing youth hostels to provide low cost budget accommodation to travelling students groups and youth groups and to identify new sites for setting up more hostels, the projects would be reviewed in the meeting.

Enhancing volunteers strength of National Services Scheme and working of Nehru Yuva Kendras will also be taken in the meeting, besides identification of special Projects and Programmes for Youth and Adolescent Development.

ANI

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