Haryana considers introducing `Right to Play`: Hooda

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2011, 22:15 PM IST

Panchkula: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said that the state government has been thinking of introducing `Right to Play`, as per which the access to optimum physical activity through sports would be ensured as a matter of right.

Hooda announced this at Sports Complex here while participating in the second round of Sports and Physical Aptitude Test (SPAT) 2012.

On the occasion, he interacted with the players and showed keen interest in the process of SPAT.

The Chief Minister also said that Haryana Premier League would soon be organised in the State, where State level competitions would be held in different sporting disciplines.

He expressed delight that in the first round of SPAT-2012 as many as four lakh players registered online, out of which two lakh qualified for the second round.

The third and final round of this programme would be held from January 20, 2012 to January 25, 2012.

Under the programme 5000 participants would be selected, in which players of age group 8 to 14 would be given a scholarship of Rs 1500 per month and players of age group 15 to 19 would be given a scholarship of Rs 2000 per month.

Asking the children, parents and representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions to take up at least one sport, Hooda said that sports should be made a part of daily life.

He said that the state government has taken up a number of initiatives to promote sports and provide facilities for the sportspersons.

Under SPAT-2012, the state government has provided Rs 10 crore as scholarship for 5000 promising players.

Besides, to groom the talent, 195 Rajiv Gandhi Rural Stadia were being set up, out of which 138 stadia have already been completed.

Twelve Academies in different sporting disciplines have also been set up in the state.

Since 2005, the state government has disbursed cash award of Rs 32.42 crore among 6,976 sportspersons.

PTI