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  • Reviews functioning of DG YSS, Secretary JKSSC office; Asks for focusing more on engaging youth in sports

JAMMU: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today visited Indoor Sports Complex to review the sports facilities being made available by the Jammu & Kashmir State Sports Council (JKSSC) for the young athletes undergoing training in various sports discipline. Director General, Youth Services & Sports Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, Secretary JKSSC Dr Naseem Choudhary, other senior officers and coaches were present on the occasion.

At Indoor Sports Complex, the Advisor visited Judo Hall, Yoga Hall, Badminton & Gymnastic Halls and skating rink where he interacted with the coaches giving training to the young athletes of the state. He sought details of activities, training schedule and other training related details from the coaches. He also interacted with the budding athletes undergoing training in their respective sports discipline and enquired about the facilities and support being provided by the JKSSC to them. Secretary JKSSC also introduced senior coaches and athletes who have brought laurels to the state in their respective fields.

The Advisor had detailed discussions with the coaches and athletes regarding available facilities and steps need to be taken to further up-grade the existing infrastructure and facilities so that more and more youth would join the sports and represents the state at various levels. He gave best wishes to the young athletes and their mentors for their upcoming events and asked JKSSC to provide all required support to them by at every level.

Secretary JKSSC also briefed the Advisor about the activities that are being carried out by this sports body to encourage youth in taking parts in sports activities and training and workshops being organized for the benefit of the sports player. While taking round of the Indoor Sports Complex, the Advisor was also informed about the renovation and up-gradation works undergoing at Table Tennis Hall.

Earlier, the Advisor visited office of DG YSS and Secretary JKSSC where he received a detailed resume of activities and achievements from YSS and Sports Council. While discussing the functioning of JKSSC, he was informed about the staff strength especially the field staff posted outside the head office, budgetary support for carrying out the sports activities, funds utilized in last year and till date in current financial year, status of projects being executed by JKSSC and action plan for the year to carry out activities district level.

After having thorough discussions over planned activities, the Advisor asked Secretary JKSSC for focusing more in engagement of youth in sports activities especially living in far off and remote places. Meanwhile, the Advisor was also given briefed presentation by DG YSS Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman regarding functioning of his office with regard to promotion of games at school level.

It was told to Advisor that there is around 6200 field staff working with the department at state level besides organizational structure was also discussed in detail to have better idea of its operations. All the districts have been provided with district officers by the department, he added. Discussing the activities being carried out by the field staff and achievements made by them, the Advisor stressed for encouraging the best performing field persons with cash reward and sending them to the best institutes in the country for advanced training.

‘Field staff is the backbone of the department and people behind organizing more activities on ground needs to be differentiated form others and rewarded for their performance’, the Advisor said. He asked the department to chalk out non school activities too as it has planned calendar of activities for school going children.

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