The Sports Minister said that emphasis is being laid on infrastructure to make Punjab a leading state in the field of sports. He also said that 220 vacant posts of coaches for different sports will also be filled soon.
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Punjab in the field of sports Aam Aadmi Party The government is giving full focus. State Sports and Higher Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hair has inaugurated a hockey astroturf prepared at a cost of five crores on Friday. In a meeting, he said that emphasis is being laid on infrastructure to make Punjab a leading state in the field of sports. He also said that 220 vacant posts of coaches for different sports will also be filled soon.
The Sports Minister took a dig at the previous Congress government and said that the previous governments did not make any effort for the development of sports and sportspersons in the state. He said that the Punjab government under the leadership of CM Bhagwant Singh Mann is making every effort to promote sports culture in the state. He said that apart from filling 220 vacant posts, new posts of coaches would also be created.
Scheme for promotion of players
Minister Meet Hare said that a stipend scheme has been run in the name of Hockey Olympian Balbir Singh Sr. to bring the players at least at the national level. Under this scheme, senior and junior players securing top three ranks at the national level will be given a stipend of Rs 8000 and Rs 6000 per month. He said that this scheme will encourage players to take part in sports.
Special budget for sports equipment
The Sports Minister accused the previous Congress government and said that the governments so far had not released funds for the players to buy sports equipment on time. After six years, the AAP government has kept a special budget for the purchase of sports equipment. He promised that the sports budget would be increased every year. He also said that under the new sports policy, a separate cadre will be created for sports, so that more and more players can be given government jobs. Paying homage to Lala Lajpat Rai, the Sports Minister said that it is only because of the freedom fighters that we are able to breathe free food today. He said that the Punjab government is trying to create a state of dreams of martyrs.