The state Sports department has officially adopted the decision of Chief Minister Pema Khandu made yesterday during the SDC meeting of renaming the Chief Minister’s Trophy for Football and Volleyball (men and women) in memory of martyr Hangpan Dada. This was informed by the department in a meeting here with the Chief Minister.
The state-level trophy for football and volleyball, both for men and women, would henceforth be called as Hangpan Dada Memorial Trophy.
Havildar Dada, who died in Kupwara on May 27 after killing three terrorists, was awarded Ashok Chakra on the eve of Independence Day this year by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Hav. Dada, 36, hailed from Boduria village in Arunachal Pradesh and was posted in the high mountain in north Kashmir since late last year.
The trophy, now renamed in his memory, was formally launched at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy at Chimpu in November 2013 by the then Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
The Sports Department holds competitions for men and women from the block level. The winners of block level competitions then compete in the district level, followed by state level competition. Finals of the competitions coincide with statehood day celebrations every year.
The Chief Minister appreciated the department for prompt action on his announcement and said this would be a tribute by the people of Arunachal to the brave son of the state.
“Late Hangpan Dada made the supreme sacrifice fighting for his country. He needs to be immortalized,” he said.
Taking a review of the sports and youth affairs departments, Khandu called for increasing activities to streamline the immense energy of the youths for constructive purposes.
“Sports and Youth Affairs are very important sectors as they cater to the youths, who form the major chunk of the population. Our government is committed to their welfare and upliftment,” Khandu said.
Hailing Arunachal Pradesh as one of the upcoming sporting state of the country, he urged the departments to focus on moulding sportspersons of Olympic level.
“Our youths have the potential to compete with the best in the country as well as in the world. Time and again they have showcased this potential. Our responsibility is to guide them and provide them with basic infrastructure and facilities,” Khandu pointed.
To the request of the department for adequate funds for completing ongoing sports infrastructures and sporting activities, the Chief Minister assured that funds won’t be a constraint for productive and essential projects.
The meeting was attended by Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rajesh Tacho, Parliamentary Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, Nyamar Karbak, Chairman, Sports Authority of Arunachal, Gora Makik, Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dani Salu, Directors of Sports and Youth Affairs and other departmental officials.