Punjab Cabinet approves new sports policy

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Old 20-Sep-2010
Punjab Cabinet approves new sports policy

Chandigarh September 20:

The Punjab Cabinet approved the Sports Policy-2010 aimed at achieving excellence in the sports and giving incentives to sportspersons who win laurels for the state at national as well as international level.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here. Stating this here today, an official spokesman said this comprehensive sports policy had been formulated at the personal initiative of the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was also holding portfolio of Sports and Youth Services.

The Sports Policy intended to make Punjab a ''vibrant leading edge state'' in the sports arena to create adequate infrastructure, promote rural gems, adopt maximum disciplines of Olympic games, broad base sports, synergise the activities of sports and education departments, raise the standards of sports in the state and to promote the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie besides harnessing talent at the grass root level.

The new policy would focus on broad basing the sports in a three-tier system at the State, District and Village level. ''The new sports policy provides for an elaborate procedure for selection of potential sportspersons out of nearly 1.5 lakh through competitions held at Block, District and State level under Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) scheme.

In addition, sportspersons with requisite skills and potential would be admitted every year to the Sports Wings established in various schools and colleges where they would not only be imparted scientific training but would also be provided with diet money of Rs 120 per day. At present, 3500 such sportspersons in 236 educational institutions were being imparted training in different sports.

An elaborate state specific system of ranking of sportspersons in selected sports disciplines was being introduced to inculcate a sense of pride and recognition among sports persons. Under this system, sportspersons in a particular discipline would be ranked every year from 1st to 100th rank and they would be issued a ranking certificate by sports department. These sportspersons would also be provided with adequate financial assistance to supplement their diet requirements beyond the existing diet money.

Punjab Cabinet Approves Productivity Bonus For Farmers: The Punjab government decided to pay to the farmers the productivity bonus in lieu of the electricity bills paid by them for running agriculture pump sets. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The amount equal to the electricity bills paid by the farmers would be given to them as productivity bonus, an official spokesman said here. This decision has been taken to give incentives to the farmers for increasing the productivity, he said. Earlier, the Cabinet Sub Committee on resource mobilization had recommended the payment of productivity bonus to the farmers.

Punjab to raise allowances of CM, Ministers, CPSs, PSs: The Punjab Cabinet today gave approval to enhance the sumptuary allowance of Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Ministers, State Ministers, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Parliamentary Secretaries from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7500 and house rent allowance from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 per month respectively.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here this evening, an official spokesman said. The cabinet also gave nod to introduction of the Punjab Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill-2010 in the coming session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, beginning September 24 for its enactment to curb illegal activities of people involved in organised racket of human trafficking.

The cabinet also approved the conversion of the Punjab Value Added Tax (Fourth Amendment) Ordinance, 2010 (Punjab Ordinance No 7 of 2010) and the Punjab Entertainments Duty (Amendment) Ordinance, 2010 (Punjab Ordinance No.6 of 2010 ) into respective Acts by introducing these bills in the coming session of Punjab Assembly.

It also gave a green signal to introduce the bill for amending section 153-A, 295 A of Indian Penal Code and 438 of Criminal procedure Code. The underlying objective was to make these sections more stringent to ensure exemplary punishment to all those who flare up communal tension and exploit religious sentiments of the people through publication in Newspapers/Text books causing disharmony, hatred or ill will among different religious, racial, linguistic or regional groups.

The Cabinet also approved the introduction of the Punjab Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property Bill-2010 in the coming session of the Assembly for its conversion into an act. The proposed act was aimed at regulating the matters to recover damages caused to the public and private property from miscreants.

The cabinet also gave permission to present the Punjab Special Security Group Bill, 2010 in the Assembly session for its enactment to constitute an Armed Force for providing proximate security to the highly threatened persons and their family members.

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