Shikhar Samman conferred on 28 players

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2017 11:29:02


Staff Reporter,

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced to provide government jobs to Eklavya award winners and appoint winners of medals in international championships on posts of Sub-Inspector, Constable in Police Department that also without examination. He also promised to make such kind of arrangement in other departments for players.

Chouhan was addressing the gathering at Madhya Pradesh Shikhar Khel Alankaran Samaroh 2017 programme in Bhopal on Tuesday. Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker Rajendra Singh. MLAs, elite citizens, sports lovers and players were present on the occasion. Chouhan said that life is incomplete without sports. If sports come in politics, it’s a miracle but politics must not come in sports. In the vision with which the work of nation building is in progress under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India will make a record in medals in 2020 Olympics.

The country is making new history in sports. Madhya Pradesh will also lead in this which is apparent from the performance of its players, Half the players of Women's’ Hockey team of India are from Hockey academies of Madhya Pradesh. As many as 80 players of the state took part in international championships in which 46 bagged medals. He told the parents to give opportunity to children to play.

He said state government is with children who wish to pursue studies and those who wish to pursue sports.
Making a mention of the scheme in which state government will bear the expenses of fees of higher education of outstanding students, he said that children who play well will also not remain behind. Children are the future of the state and every need of theirs will be fulfilled.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that a law will be formulated and reservation will be provided to players on fixed posts in central government jobs. In case there is no candidate for the required post reserved for players, the vacant post will be added to next year’s vacant posts.

A mobile application related to sports is being prepared in which information of sports grounds, other facilities and trainers will be made available. Rathore said that Government of India is working on the vision of Khelo India. For the first time in the country a massive tournament will be organized for Under-17 sports competitions from January 31 to February 8, 2018. Various schools, federations and Sports Authority of India teams will participate in the tournament. Central government will also provide sponsorship of first phase to make support and resources available to players.

As many as 1000 players from all over the country will be provided sponsorship for 8 years at the rate of Rs 5 lakh per year. Before the coming summer holidays, a talent hunt will be conducted for sports in the 8-14 age group in all schools. They will be provided training in the games on the basis of their physical capacities and skills. Similarly arrangement is being made to honour and promote trainers who will search for these sports talents so that 20 percent of the incentive fixed for trainers of medal winners is obtained by the preliminary coach. He said that efforts are being made to promote sports culture in Khelo India campaign led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sport is must to make a good engineer, a good doctor and a good citizen. The team learns to play, get up after having a fall and winning after losing from the sports ground.

Efforts are being made to reinstate the culture of Guru-Shishya and honour such gurus. Praising the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Rathore told that he has done his schooling and pursued his army education from Madhya Pradesh.

Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia said that the passion to win with the heart and the mind ensures one’s victory. Mentioning the life struggle of para Olympian players he said that these players faced challenges with hard work and commitment and achieved success. He said that today 200 crore budget has been made available for sports.

On the occasion Rio Para Olympic medalists Deepa Malik was honoured with Samman Nidhi of Rs 40 lakhs, Devendra Jhanjharia with Rs 50 lakhs, Mariappan Thangavelu with Rs 50 lakhs, Varun Singh Bhati with Rs 25 lakhs and bronze medal winner in Women’s wrestling in Rio-Olympics- 2016 , Sakshi Malik with Rs 25 lakhs. In Indian Women's’ Hockey team, Anuradha Devi, P. Susheela Chanu, Renuka Yadav and L.Felli of Madhya Pradesh State Women’s Hockey Academy were honoured with Rs 5 lakhs each. Total 28 players of the state have been conferred with “Shikhar Samman” for Eklavya, Vikram and other sports awards for the year 2017.