Gill emphasises promotion of sports at grassroots level

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New Delhi, Jul 9 (UNI) Emphasising promotion of sports at grassroots level, Sports Minister MS Gill has assured the Centre's financial support to all states and urged them to make concerted efforts to provide basic infrastructure at Panchayat level.

''Universalisation of sports cannot be achieved without adequate thrust on development of sports at Panchayat level,'' Gill said while inaugurating the conference of the State Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports here today.

''Government had already decided to provide one time seed capital to each panchayat and asked the States to send proposals to avail the benefits of the centrally sponsored scheme,'' he said.

Gill also apprised the participants about the various initiatives taken by the Central Government recently which include enhancing the pension and other incentives for outstanding sportsperson.

The day long conference is being attended by Ministers from States and senior officers from various concerned Ministries.

The participants will be deliberating on issues relating to promotion of sports activities and development of youth.

Some of the major isues relating to sports which would be deliberated upon include The Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA), use of sport infrastructure, role of Sports Authority of India and draft schemes for promotion of sports and games in schools, colleges and universities, sports and games for disabled and National Physical Fitness Programme (NPFP).

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