Srinagar: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur said Sunday Union Government is committed to further strengthen the existing sports infrastructure and facilities for the J&K so that more and more youth join sports and represent J&K at various levels.
In order to do so the Central Government has earmarked an amount of Rs 200 crore under PM Development Plan for the development of playfields and indoor stadiums, he said. He further said that Rs 33 crore more are approved for preparing synthetic turfs, hockey and football grounds In J&K.
Thakur was speaking after laying foundation stone of Zonal Physical Education Office ZPEO, Zonal Play Field and inaugurated PMGSY road at Kichpora Kangan in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal.
The Minister visited Kichpora Kangan where he laid foundation stone of ZPEO and Development of Zonal Level Playfield approved at a cost of Rs 1.14 crore.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister maintained that there is no dearth of talent in the Union Territory (UT) of J&K but the need is to channelize that talent. The youth of J&K need facilities and Central Government will ensure all the facilities making sure that talent flourishes in the region, he added.
He also urge the gathering to join the country wide month long “Clean India Mission” starting on October 01, 2021.
Welcoming the Minister, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Ahmad Khan lauded the efforts of Union Government for organising this mega outreach programme to the UT of J&K. He expressed hope that this visit of Union minister will give impetus to the sports activities of the region.