Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Tribal Welfare Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah has said that optimum opportunities will be provided to state’s tribal players to hone their skills. These players will be provided national-level sports facilities. Five new sports complexes will be constructed in the state at a cost of Rs. 100 crore.
Minister Kunwar Shah was addressing a function at Bhopal today where outstanding tribal players were felicitated. Minister of State for Scheduled Castes Welfare Shri Harishankar Khatik was also present on the occasion.
Minister Kunwar Shah said that in future jobs will be provided to national-level medal winner tribal players in the sports-related institutions of the department. He said that five new sports complexes will be opened at Indore, Jabalpur, Sheopur, Khargone and Shahdol.
Monthly allowance of Rs. 825 each given to players undergoing coaching at sports complexes for improving their performance has been increased to Rs. 3,000 per month.
Minister of State Shri Khatik said that Rs. 3 lakh each has been allocated to 22 sports complexes in the state this year.He said that 50 posts of coach have been sanctioned so that tribal players can give outstanding performances. He said that national-level sports facilities will also be made available to tribal girl players.
Commissioner Tribal Development Shri Ashish Upadhyay informed that tribal players have won 7 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals in the year 2009-10, 6 gold, 11 silver and 3 bronze medals in the year 2010-11 and 12 gold, 9 silver and 4 bronze medals in the year 2011-12.
This year, tribal players performed more outstandingly winning 136 gold medals. The programme was also addressed by Sports Authority of India Bhopal Centre Director Shri R.K. Naidu. State Sports Officer Shri R.C. Banjara and Deputy Commissioner Tribal Development Shri Pankaj Mehta threw light on departmental sports activities.
At the programme, national-level medal winners Ku. Indira Saikdiya and Anand shared their experiences. The programme was conducted by Shri Manoj Panchal. As many as 176 players of tribal coaching institutions were felicitated at the programme.