By: Vishal Bharti
Jammu: To revamp and reform the prevailing sports eco system in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities are planning to bring a comprehensive sports policy soon.
A detailed J&K Sports Policy has been one of the major demands from the sportspersons fraternity for decades.
The Policy according to reliable sources is to be prepared under the guidance and vision of the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, who is also the President, J&K Sports Council.
“The government has started working on the ‘Sports Policy’ and have also engaged many stakeholders to give it a final shape thus benefiting each and every outstanding and excellent sports person across Jammu and Kashmir,” sources said.
“The provisions implemented in the ‘Sports Policy’ of the neighbouring states like Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana will also be taken into consideration and the implementation of the document will surely encourage sports and the players as well,” they expressed.
“National and international level medal winners will be given prominent posts in the government department as per the guidelines and criteria framed in the policy, which is already under process,” sources expressed and said that under SRO 349, outstanding sports persons as per categorisation, will also get the employment.
“The ‘Sports Policy’ is one of the much awaited documents and demands of the sports persons and once it will be in public domain, we hope that it will boost the sports culture and encourage players with the clauses under consideration,” they said.
Focus on facilities, infrastructure, promotion of sports at Block, Panchayat Levels, incentives, jobs, special rewards for outstanding players, centres of excellence, boosting rural sports, talent hunt programmes, rewards for coaches, trainers, are among few points under consideration before the–in pipeline–‘Sports Policy’ is in the public domain, they revealed.
“The stakeholders are on job and hopefully, like the launch of the ‘Film Policy’, the much-awaited ‘Sports Policy’ will too soon be released by the administration,” an official said.
“It will be a welcome step, if the government is planning to launch the ‘Sports Policy’ because it was one of the major demands and need of the hour,” an International Player said expressing that it will bring transparency in the working of the sports bodies, associations and the deserving will get acknowledged. (UNI)