6,500 village-level stadiums (Vyamshallas) will be constructed in the villages of Haryana: CM 12-01-2015
Chandigarh, January 12—About 6,500 village-level stadiums (Vyamshallas) will be constructed in the villages of Haryana to make children physically fit and spot and nurture budding sporting talent, traditional sports will be promoted, and a Rs 1-crore Sports Science Lab will be set up at MDU in Rohtak. This was announced by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, while outlining the broad contours of the ‘Haryana Physical Activities and Sports Policy-2015' which he dedicated to the people of the state at a state-level function held on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in Rohtak, today. As studies strengthen the mind, he said, sports activities provide strength to the body. The new sports policy which seeks to build consciousness about physical fitness and incentivize sports in the state like never before, has been prepared keeping this in mind. He expressed the hope that the people of the state would benefit from this policy by way of good health. Referring to the earlier SPAT programme, the Chief Minister said that it was only a paper programme because the 5,000 children selected under SPAT did receive the scholarship but never returned to the playground. Now sports talent would be selected from the children and it would be ensured that they remain on the ground. Everyone should be on the ground one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening, he averred. The Chief Minister said that 6,500 village level stadiums (Vyamshallas) would be constructed in the village of the state. Where the number of panchayats is more than one, block-level stadium will be built on six acres of land. Part-time coaches and PTIs will be engaged to train children in the villages. The traditional games would also be promoted and the state game of wrestling would get a big push. Faculty of Sports Science would be introduced in every university of the state and Synthetic Athletics Tracks would also be constructed. He announced to give a grant of Rs 1 crore for Sports Science Laboratory to be built in MDU, Rohtak. Elaborating the policy, the Sports Minister, Mr Anil Vij, said that a ‘Youth Policy’ would be prepared soon to channelise the energies of the youth into constructive into nation-building activities. He lamented the fact that the youth in the neighbouring state of Punjab was being spoilt by narcotics. The Youth Policy would aim at engaging them in activities they were interested in. The youth who were not interested in sports, can take interest in other activities like music, painting etc. Mr Vij said that in order to promote village and traditional games, a Haryana Premier League would be started. Similarly, for the promotion of sports at village, block, distirct, municipal committee, municipal council, municipal corporation and at state level, a Sports Council of Haryana would be constituted. For improvement and maintenance of the sports infrastructure, a Sports Authority of Haryana would be formed. According to Mr Vij, a Haryana Sports Development Fund would also be set up. It will give grants to the sports persons at the time of need. Mr Vij said he wanted to bring sports revolution in Haryana. Presently, there is only one sports school at Rai in Sonepat which is also running as a public school. Now, Rai School would also be run as a sports school and more sports schools would be opened in the state. Digital data for sportspersons would be prepared in which the record of the number of the days he or she has spent on the ground and the awards won would be kept. At the same time, Mr Vij said that the players who spend time on the ground would be given scholarship and not to those who rest at home. Similarly, Sports Nutritionist and Motivator would be appointed. The Sports Minister said that outstanding sportspersons would automatically have the right to service according to theirperformance, and they need not have to ask for service from anyone. Speaking on the occasion, the Additional Chief Secretary, Dr K K Khandelwal, enthused the youth by quoting examples from the lives of Swami Vivekananda and other eminent visionaries. A documentary on the life of Swami Vivekananda was also shown to the youth. The Chief Minister gave away prizes to the outstanding sportspersons. Later, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of Synthetic Athletic Track to be laid at the cost of about Rs. seven crore, and also that of Physical Education and Sports Science Faculty Building to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 crore on the premises of MDU, Rohtak.