New Delhi, Jul 9 (UNI) Gujarat Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Fakir Vaghela today urged the Centre to reimburse Rs six crores which was spent by his Government for constructing indoor halls and stadiums in the state.
Speaking at the Conference of the Sports Ministers, chaired by Union Minister of Sports M S Gill, Mr Vaghela said the Gujarat government is going to complete construction of eleven sports complexes at district level with facilities for out-door and in-door games at an expenditure of Rs 22 crores.
One such sports complex in Ahmedabad has already been constructed and the youth of Maninagar area have started using this facility, he informed.
Referring to the new innovative steps taken by the Gujarat government, he said a training programme for Chess teachers was recently completed in Ahmedabad with the cooperation of Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank.
He said the objective of the training was to help inculcate values like imagination, strategic planning and self confidence in the next generation besides enhancing their IQ level.
The project is going to be replicated in all the districts in coming days, he said.
Mr Vaghela said the State Government is providing Yoga training to school going children and youth and Gujarat is doing very well in different competition of Yoga in the State.
He also apprised that the State has allotted land for three new youth hostels which are scheduled to come up in Saputara, Bhavnagar and Junagadh and urged the Centre to start the construction work at the earliest.
He also urged the Centre to enhance the honorarium of 'Kridashree' (village level coordinator) from proposed Rs 500 to Rs 1500 and said the state should be allowed to cover 20 per cent of the village Panchayat every year, instead of ten per cent as proposed in the scheme.
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