Chief Minister Pema Khandu calls for boost to Adventure Sports and integrated approach to augment Sports Infrastructure in the State in his very fruitful meeting with Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Union Minister of State (I/c Charge) for Youth Affairs at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi on Tuesday.
In the meeting with Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Chief Minister Pema Khandu sought a multi sports stadium at Itanagar besides a residential academy in the state.
“Multi Sports Stadium and residential academy if considered by the ministry will change the face of sports in the state” Khandu emphatically said.
The Union Minister while assuring all possible support has asked the state government to formulate projects with integrated concept for consideration of the ministry. He also suggested for conducting a visit by State Officials to Gopichand’s academy in Hyderabad which has integrated complex housing both training/sports area and residential facility for the players.
Secretary (Sports) informed that ‘Khelo India’ scheme offers ample scope for setting up of sports infrastructure in the State. The Ministry considers a maximum of 2 projects in a single location of Rs 8 crore each. He suggested the State Government to propose new projects within the contours of this scheme. The request made by the CM for ‘Rural hunt’ by SAI to tap the unexplored sports potential in Arunachal Pradesh was readily agreed to by the Ministry.
The Ministry suggested to explore the possibility of gap funding for 5 ongoing stadiums (under erstwhile special plan assistance by Government of India) through the Ministry of DoNER under its non-lapsable pool.
Rathore on the request of Khandu for inclusion of Singpho dialect in AIR broadcast from Itanagar, suggested to avail the scheme of Community Radio Stations (CRS) of Ministry of I & B which will broaden the outreach in local dialect/language within the vicinity of the CRS location. “The Ministry will be funding 90% of the cost of setting up of CRS in the North Eastern Region”, Minister informed.