Srinagar: In its bid to increase
participation of local youths in national and international
sports, Jammu and Kashmir government has appealed to the
organisers of sports events in the Valley to take on board the
school drop-outs in their talent hunt programmes.
"Besides the school going children, the drop-outs
should also be included in the sports activities," Kashmir
Divisional Commissioner Asgar Samoon said at a high level
meeting of officers here.
He asked the concerned officers to prepare a
blueprint of a `sports action plan` for this year in
consultation with the officials of the Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK)
and submit it till March 15.
Samoon said the state government has accorded priority
to the sector so that the talented youth are able to
participate in the national and international competitions.
"The action plan should be prepared in such a way
that the sports activities are carried out after school hours
which would help for the talent hunt," he said.
Earlier, a high level meeting was convened to promote
sports activities on a large scale in the Valley and was
attended among others by Inspector General of Police, Kashmir,
S M Sahai, District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, Meraj
Ahmad Kakroo, Deputy Director Youth services and Sports
Neelofar Amin, District youth services and sports officers and
district heads of Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), an official
Kashmir IG S M Sahai said full support would be
given to the Department of Youth Services and Sports and NYK
for motivate youths toward sports.
Srinagar District Development Commissioner Meraj
Kakroo said the funds in the current fiscal plan have already
been earmarked for the promotion of sports in the distric.
Deputy Director of Youth Services and Sports, Neelofar
Amin said 4000 children had been participated in the last
summer sports events organised by the department.
Besides, 900 children were sent to Jammu for attending
sports events there, he added.