new sports policy of punjab

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Today, Punjab, which is stuck in the quagmire of drugs, once had a special identity in the country and the world because of its sportspersons. Punjab in sports other than hockey has lagged behind. Haryana has a different identity in the country and the world due to the achievements of its players. Most of the players who have won medals at the international level are from Haryana. This became possible only when Haryana started giving protection and support to its players. By identifying the players from the school and district level, Haryana has fulfilled their basic needs ranging from financial assistance to technical information.

The Punjab government has recently announced a new sports policy to restore Punjab’s lost reputation in the sports world at the national and international level and bring the state to the first place.

Announcing the new sports policy of the Punjab government, Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hair said that sports nurseries and centers equipped with state-of-the-art facilities would be set up in every village of the state. It has been decided to increase the prize money of Olympic Games gold and silver medalists from the existing Rs 2.25 crore, Rs 1.50 crore to Rs 3 crore and Rs 2 crore, respectively. Bronze medal winners will get Rs 1 crore as before. Earlier, medal winners in about 25 sports used to get cash prizes, but now their number has been increased to more than 80. According to Meet Hare, 500 posts have been arranged in the special cadre prepared for medal-winning sportspersons, including 40 deputy directors, 92 senior coaches, 138 coaches and 230 junior coaches. He said that as against 2017 coaches in Haryana, Punjab has only 309 coaches and according to the new sports policy, 2360 coaches are proposed. Special Olympics, Deaf Olympics, Para World Games (Rs 75, 50 and 30 lakhs), Badminton’s Thomas Cup, Ober Cup, BWF World Tour Finals (Rs 75, 50 and 40 lakhs), All Grand Slams of tennis (Rs 75, 50 & 40 Lakhs), Azlan Shah Hockey Cup (Rs 75, 50 & 40 Lakhs), Diamond League and Recognized Tournaments of Recognized International Organizations (Rs 75, 50 & 40 Lakhs), Deaf World Cup, Blind World Cup (Rs 60, 40 and 20 lakh), Youth Olympic Games (Rs 50, 30 and 20 lakh) have been included. Balbir Singh Senior Stipend Scheme has been started for the first time to give monthly stipend to the medal winners at the national level. Under this scheme, the national medal winner at the senior level will be given a stipend of Rs 16,000 for one year and the national medal winner at the junior level will be given a stipend of Rs 12,000 for one year. Similarly, 1000 cluster level sports nurseries will be set up with better coaching, sports equipment and refreshments. Its total budget will be Rs 250 crore according to Rs 25 lakh per nursery. In order to prepare national level players, a district sports infrastructure with sports hostels for 200 players will be made in every district. Apart from Jalandhar, Mahalpur, the district level structures of Mohali, Patiala, Ludhiana, Bathinda and Amritsar will be upgraded to the state level. While the Punjab government is providing various facilities to encourage new players in the new sports policy, the sports policy has also taken care of the old players who have brought laurels to Punjab by winning medals at international and national level. The Punjab government will provide pension to all sportspersons who are above 40 years of age and have won gold, silver or bronze medals at international and national level. That is, a certain amount will be given to these players as pension every month in their bank accounts. Due to this, if a player has lagged behind in his life despite being a good player for some reason, then he can get financial relief. The government has fixed different pensions for medal winners in various competitions, ranging from Rs 15,000 to Rs 5,000.

The new sports policy formulated by the Punjab government regarding sports and sportspersons in the state is a right step in the right direction. Due to the policy of indifference towards sports and sportspersons by the previous governments, while the indifference of Punjab’s youth towards sports increased, the tendency towards drugs also increased. As a result, Punjab lagged behind in sports and the youth got trapped in the quagmire of drugs. The new sports policy of Punjab can play an important role in getting the youth out of the mire of drugs. Provided it is also implemented honestly at the ground level. Today we can say that this is a big step in the right direction.
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– Irwin Khanna (Chief Editor, Dainik Uttam Hindu)

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