Will ensure implementation of sports quota in every Dept: Neikha
Kohima, June 12: Advisor for Youth Resources and Sports, MLA, Zale Neikha today announced that the Department of Youth Resources and Sports (YRS) has decided to live screen the ensuing football World Cup in Nagaland.
Addressing media persons at Hotel Japfu here tonight, Neikha announced that in commemoration of the year long centennial birth anniversary of Late Dr T Ao, the legendary Naga footballer, who led the only Indian football team to Olympic, the State YRS Department would be live screening the inaugural function and four matches of the World Cup.
Entry to the venues would be free, he said.
Giant screens would be set up in Kohima Local Ground (Khuochiezie), Multipurpose District Sports Complex Dimapur, Imkongmeren Sports Complex Mokokchung and Mon Town Hall during the opening ceremony and inaugural match on June 14, two semi-finals and the final match of the world cup, said Zale while briefing media persons here tonight.
He also informed that food courts would be opened for the public in the venue.
The world cup opening ceremony starts at 6:30 pm (IST), but in Kohima local ground, he said a brief programme would be held at 6 pm to highlight the life sketch of Late Dr T Ao and also screen the life document of Dr T Ao produced by Directorate of Information and Public Relations.
During the semi-finals and final match of the footballing extravaganza, he said that local favourite DGP band would be entertaining the fans during the breaks.
Meanwhile, as an elected representative of the 15-Southern Angami-II A/C, Zale announced to hand over projector, inverter set and Tata Sky set-top box to promote sports, specially football at his own personal expense. He informed that the youth organizations of the seven villages would be given the responsibility to handle the said materials.
Neikha also informed that the State Government is serious to implement the new sports policy of the Central Government directing the state government to implement sports quota for unemployed youths in every government department of the State.
He informed that on April 2 last the State government received the new sports policy order from All India Council of Sports, which directs the state government that “All India Council of Sports (AICS), since its inception, raising the issue of the employment to meritorious sportspersons with the concerned Ministries of Government of India and with the State Governments”.
“The Union Ministry of Personnel, Pension & Public Grievances, Govt. of India has been requested to suitably amend the guidelines for reservation of jobs for meritorious sports persons and it was agreed in principle to amend the rules so as to read as minimum of 5% instead of up to 5%.
The Ministry of Personnel, Pension & Public Grievances is also reviewing the Recruitment and Promotion Scheme of meritorious sportspersons in consultation with the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
In the last meeting of AICS, the issue of employment of sportspersons with the State Governments was discussed and Members mentioned that various categories. of posts under sports quota are lying vacant due to the fact that the criteria for employment is National Medal winners.
As the number of National Medal winners is limited in every State to fill up the vacancies under sports quota. As a result, meritorious sportspersons who win the medal in the State Championships or participated in the Nationals, are deprived of employment opportunities in their respective States.
In view of the above, AISC requested the State government “to suitably amend the Recruitment Rules under Sports Quota it in respective State so as relax from National Medalists to ‘State Medalist’s or having represented the State in the Nationals’ so as to provide/increase the employment opportunities to State Level sportspersons”.
Neikha affirmed to pursue the matter at the highest level of the state government.
In this connection, the young legislator, who has also been actively involved in various sports bodies before getting into active politics, urged upon budding sportspersons in the state to carefully select their choice of sports in order to be professionals to benefit from the policy and not to be ‘jack of all trade and master of none’. (Page News Service)