Hundreds of talents from Sukma, Janjgir deprived of state-level sports fest 2018

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Dec 2018 10:49:04


Special Correspondent,


In a big blow to the Prime Minister’s dream ‘Khelega India Toh Swasth Banega India’ and Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh’s hard work to promote rural sports in the state, sports talents of two districts in Chhattisgarh were deprived of showcasing their talents in the State-level Rural-Women Sports 2018 underway at different venues from December 2 to 15.

At a time when thousands of sportspersons, young students in particular, are using this platform to move forward in different sports, hundreds of talented youths from Janjgir and naxal-hit Sukma districts were forced to remain a mute spectator of the proceedings, sitting at their respective districts.

It is worthwhile to mention, Department of Sports and Youth Welfare (DSYW), Chhattisgarh government, is organising state-level sports from December 2 to 15 at different venues. Six events such as Hockey, Athletics, Volleyball, Basketball, Kho-Kho and Tug of War/Weightlifting are being organised under the sports festival and each sports is witnessing 800-900 sportspersons. Hockey and Athletics were already organised and the remaining events will be organised from December 8. Except Janjgir and Sukma, sportspersons from remaining 25 districts are representing their respective districts in the state level sports, said assistant director Rajendra Dekate. When asked about the reason behind, he said that Janjgir could not even arrange the district level sports competition which is mandatory before coming to the state-level. He however was unable to say about Sukma.

When contacted, Janjgir in-charge P L Pandey admitted that they could not arrange district-level competition and blamed it on the lack of fund. He also alleged that the apathy of the assistant director of sports Pratima Sagar, who is also holding the charge of Withdrawal and Disbursement, responsible for the present situation. “The block education officers (BEOs) of Janjgir district were assigned with the duty of holding sports competitions. But they did not comply with the order issued by the department concerned reportedly due to the lack of fund,” Pandey, who is primarily a sports teacher in a government multipurpose school in Janjgir, told ‘The Hitavada’.

Further, Pandey said that he has written to the district collector and the Director of DSYW requesting them to relieve him of duty of in-charge sports officer as he was fed up with the way things are happening in the district as far as the development of the sports is concerned. Rubbishing the allegations levelled by Pandey, assistant director Pratima Sagar said that she had followed all the procedures. “As per rules, the in-charge should have arranged the competitions. As far as fund is concerned, the department used to give money against sports materials directly to the suppliers through cheque and it is transferred to their accounts. There is no provision for releasing advance to the orgnaisers of the competition. As far as petty fund used during the competition is concerned, it is reimbursed by the department,” she told ‘The Hitavada’.

Expressing his concern over the situation, Sports Director Dharmesh Kumar Sahu said that he is writing to the district collectors of these two districts to take action in this direction.