The sports minister said that the emphasis is on infrastructure to make Punjab a leading state in the field of sports. He also said that 220 vacant posts of coaches for various sports will also be filled soon.
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Punjab In sports Aam Aadmi Party The government is paying full attention. Sports and Higher Education Minister of the state Gurmeet Singh Meet Here A hockey astroturf made at a cost of Rs 5 crore was inaugurated 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 various sports will also be filled soon.
The sports minister took a swipe at the previous Congress government and said that the previous governments did not make any efforts to develop sports and athletes in the state. He said that the Punjab government under the leadership of CM Bhagwant Singh Mann is making all-out efforts to promote sports culture in the state. He said, besides filling 220 vacant posts, new posts of coaches will also be created.
Promotion plan for players
Minister Mit Hare said a scholarship scheme named after hockey Olympian Balbir Singh Sr. has been launched to bring in players at least at the national level. Under the scheme, top three ranked senior and junior players at the national level will be given a stipend of Rs 8000 and Rs 6000 per month. He said that the scheme would encourage players to participate in sports.
Special budget for sports equipment
The sports minister accused the previous Congress government saying that the governments so far did not release funds for the purchase of sports equipment on time for the players. After six years, the AAP government has kept a special budget for buying sports equipment. He promised that the sports budget will be increased every year. He also said that the new sports policy will create a separate cadre for sports, so that more sportspersons can get government jobs. Paying tribute to Lala Lajpat Roy, the Sports Minister said that we can breathe free today because of the freedom fighters. He said that the Punjab government is trying to create the dream state of martyrs.