Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh Thursday handed over cheques amounting to Rs. 5 Lakh each to District Youth Affairs and Sports Officers of 16 districts of the State to start the functioning of the District Level Khelo India Centre. The fund distribution programme was held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren stated that the Ministry of Sports, Government of India had taken up initiative to establish 1000 Khelo India Centres across the Country under the Khelo India Programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He continued that Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Badminton, Cycling, Fencing, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Football and Traditional sports had been included as identified sports disciplines under the Khelo India Centre. As such, the Sports Authority of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India had approved the opening of District Level Khelo India Centre for different sports disciplines at 16 Districts of Manipur.
The Chief Minister informed that a total amount of Rs. 1,12,00,000 (Rupees one crore twelve lakh) had been sanctioned on 31st May, 2021 for 16 districts of Manipur for preparation/ up-gradation of sports field, purchase of equipment, sports kit and remuneration for engagement of Mentor and supporting staff. He added that Khelo India State Centre of Excellence in 3 sports disciplines including Archery, Hockey and Weightlifting at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal would also start very soon as per the guidance of the Sports Ministry.
CM Biren was hopeful that attracting youths to the field of games and sports would help them to stay away from drugs related activities and consumption. As such, he sought the support of all the players and other stakeholders, who had been taking an important role in promoting sports, in the Government initiatives to develop the infrastructure of the sports sector under the Khelo India Programme.
He further mentioned that Government Schools of the State had recorded a high pass percentage of 60.40 per cent in the recently declared High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) Examination 2022 result. The pass percentage of Government Schools in HSLC Examinations conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur hadn’t crossed 55 per cent in the last ten years.
Appreciating all the students, teaching and non-teaching staff of Government Schools for their dedicated efforts towards achieving such record pass percentages, he informed that headmasters and teachers of Government Schools that had secured high pass percentages in the recent HSLC Examinations would be rewarded on August 13 this year.
The identified sports disciplines for different districts are Fencing for Imphal East, Cycling for Imphal West, Judo for Thoubal, Badminton for Kakching, Senapati, Jiribam and Tamenglong, Football for Chandel, Tengnoupal, Pherzawl, Kangpokpi, Ukhrul, Kamjong and Noney, Rowing for Bishnupur and Boxing for Churachandpur.
Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS) Minister, Govindas Konthoujam; Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Sapam Ranjan; Principal Secretary (YAS), S.S. Chhabra; Director (YAS), T. Phulen Meitei; District Youth Affairs and Sports Officers and other officials of Youth Affairs and Sports Department attended the programme among others.