Shimla: J.P. Nadda, Forest Minister and President State Olympic Association has welcomed the decision of the State Cabinet for repealing H.P. Sports Registration, Recognition and Regulation of Associations Act, 2005 in order to maintain autonomy of the Associations in the State and keeping in view the opposition of Indian Olympic Association for the same and approving promulgation of H.P. Sports Registration, Recognition and Regulation of Association Repeal Ordinance, 2008. He said that it has fulfilled a long standing demand of Sports Associations which would go a long way in providing them more autonomy and encouraging upcoming sports talents in the State.
Nadda also thanked Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister for increasing the daily allowance of sportspersons form Rs. 60 to Rs. 80 within the State and Rs. 120 when outside the State besides providing various other incentives to them.
The Minister further stated that a sum of Rs. 12.62 crore is being spent to boost sports and youth activities in the State besides strengthening infrastructural facilities. He said that the State Government has announced cash prize to meritorious sportspersons from January, 2008 to benefit them. He said that 50 coaches in different sports have been appointed to ensure better sports facilities to our budding players and athletes across the State.
He said that Rs. 6 crore are being spent on the construction of synthetic athletic tracks at Dharamsala and Hamirpur, besides, Rs. 65 lakh on the wooden flooring of indoor stadium at Dharamsala.
Nadda said that with the sincere efforts of the State Government the Atal Behari Vajpaypee Himalayan Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute Manali has been given recognition as National level Sports Institute. He said that Rs. 15 lakh had been spent to equip the sports hostels at Una, Bilaspur, Kullu, Kangra and indoor stadium, Una with modern sports equipments, besides, Rs. 36 lakh spent on training of 100 players at sports hostel, Bilaspur.
The Minister said that during the current financial year Rs. 131.50 lakh are being spent on construction of 350 playgrounds in rural areas whereas Rs. 931 lakh on ’45′ indoor and outdoor stadia in Tribal and non-tribal areas. He said that Rs. 15 lakh are being provided to Sports Associations during this financial year and Rs. 46.60 lakh to State Youth Boards, Yuva Mandals and other voluntary organizations for organising sports activities in the State.