Jammu: Sports activity has been flagged as chief component of Back to Village-3 – the J& Govenment’s ongoing public – government interface campaign.The underlying aim of the government is to connect and rope in the youth in the process and identify the latent sports talent in the rural areas- where most of Jammu and Kashmir lives. In the run up, the visiting officers are hosting tournaments at their assigned Panchayats for local teams. Need not to mention that the events are receiving overwhelming response of the youth.
The idea behind the move is to revive the Sports culture which became a major causality during the decades’ long disturbance here. Besides hosting tournaments, the government representatives are also distributing sports kits to attract the young generation towards sports for their overall personality development and grooming their sports skills. The government’s intention to continue its focus on promotion of sports is also reflected in the fact that development of playfields is tipped as one of the main components of B2V developmental plan. Going a step further, for the current edition of B2V, the government has provided Rs 20 thousand to each Panchayat exclusively for spending on promotion of sports.
According to the reports pouring in, the sports activities are going on in all districts as was affirmed by the Secretary Youth Services & Sports, Sarmad Hafeez at the start of ‘Jan Abhiyan’. He had said that the Department is actively involved & different sporting activities would be conducted across the J&K Panchayats.“YSS Dept is holding myriad of sporting activities at Panchayat level across J&K and during Jan Abhiyan several playgrounds in different Panchayats will be identified and the necessary work, if any, would be taken up,” he had said.
Lt Governor, recently as part of B2V Phase 3, inaugurated Youth recreational Centre at Shrimal, Shopian and dedicated the building to the budding sports persons and athletes of the area. The young girls & boys practicing martial art welcomed the move as highly encouraging and beneficial for promotion of sports in Jammu & Kashmir.
While visiting Bandipora, LG Sinha took note of the requirements of young players and issued on the spot directions to the DDC to make immediate provisions for the equipments and designated space for their practice across the district.
Advisor to LG, Farooq Khan, during Jan Abhiyan at Baramulla, inaugurated a Sports Ground at Lalpora developed for sports like, cricket, volleyball, football, etc. He also distributed sports kits among local players.
On his visit to Tangdhar during Jan Abhiyan, Advisor Farooq Khan also distributed sports kits of volleyball, cricket & carrom boards among local Panchayats and inaugurated Annual Cricket Tournament of the local Government Degree College .
Advisor RR Bhatnagar, during Jan Abhiyan at Bandipora, inaugurated the Kashmir Youth Sports Festival at SK Stadium. He interacted with sports persons of various teams and applauded them for taking part in sports activities.
Principal Secretary to Govt. PDD & Dept. of Information & Public Relation, Rohit Kansal, distributed sports kits among the children at District Pulwama, while during his recent visit to Banihal in connection with B2V3 , CEO JK ERA, Dr. Abid Rasheed Shah also distributed sports equipments among the local girl students.
“Fit India Freedom Run” was also organized in all districts on 28th, 29th& 30th September across J&K to give impetus to sports activities & culture in Jammu & Kashmir.
Not just limited to B2V, local/district administrations, also, have been conducting various sports events across Jammu & Kashmir.