Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday asked the Sports Department to finalise the recruitment process of 125 world renowned Punjabi sportspersons in the state to give a new fillip to the sports culture in the state besides announcing to host Bhagat Singh Punjab Games this year.
While presiding over a meeting with the office bearers of Punjab Olympic Association, Badal also announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh each to Sports Association affiliated with POA.
He also emphasised the need to revamp the stadiums and sports infrastructure in the districts to ensure quality training.
Besides hosting Shaheed Bhagat Singh Punjab State Games, Badal said that the government will host East Punjab and West Punjab Sports tourney this year.
He said that in this tournament matches of five traditional games would be organised across the state.
He issued directions to Sports Department to chalk out a roadmap in this regard so the event could be hosted as soon as possible.
Announcing that international sportspersons serving in various departments of Punjab under sports category will be brought in Punjab Institute of Sports, Badal asked Secretary Sports to complete the process in this regard so that efforts of state for promotion of sports could be accelerated.
BadalA said that the vast experience and energy of these sportspersons could take the state to new heights.
He said that the existing stadiums would be revamped at par with world class stadiums.
Badal also said that coaches having international acclaim as well as serving in services/boards would also be recruited for the purpose of training to the budding sports stars in all districts.
Badal also assured to roll out NRI matching grant policy for building sports infrastructure. He said that the government will soon come out with a policy in this regard. Badal also announced Rs 2 lakh monetary assistance for Olympian Hardyal Singh, presently residing in Dehradun, who has been bed ridden for a couple of months due to some ailments.