The mega sports complex at Hotwar in Ranchi
The state sports department has once again embarked on the process of finding managers to streamline facilities available for different disciplines at Hotwar and Morabadi, seven months after first announcing the decision to do so and one failed attempt in between.
The managers will be for the Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium, Harivanshtana Bhagat Indoor Stadium, Ganpat Rai Indoor Stadium, Albert Ekka Stadium, Tennis Stadium, Veer Budhu Bhagat Aquatic Stadium, Sidho Kanho Velodrome and Tikait Umrao Shooting Range at Hotwar. In Morabadi, managers will be hired for the Birsa Munda Football Stadium and Astroturf Hockey Stadium.
This apart, managers will also be for the guest house and gymnasium at the mega sports complex.
On Tuesday, Sports Authority of Jharkhand published advertisements inviting interested and eligible candidates to apply for the posts. As many as 12 managers will look after hockey, athletics, football, badminton, table-tennis, wushu, kho kho, kabaddi, archery, lawn tennis, swimming, gymnastics, wrestling, taekwondo, gymnasium and basketball, handball and volleyball facilities.
A senior official of the department said reservations would be applicable for recruitment. “For general category, there are six posts on offer, one for SC, three for ST, one for OBCs and another for BC,” he said.
Interviews will be conducted on October 10 at the Sports Authority of Jharkhand’s Hotwar office.
Speaking about the eligibility criteria, the official said candidates should have cleared their intermediate examinations, should have won three medals at national/international events, should possess games training qualifications from reputed sports institutes and have experience in organising sporting events.
“As they have to manage stadium facility and train players at the same time, they will be called manager-cum-trainers,” said the official.
The appointees will be hired on contract for a period of one year on a remuneration of Rs 15,000 per month. Depending on performance, their tenure will be revised.
In March-April, the sports department had published a similar advertisement, but the recruitment process was later put on hold over technical reasons which had to do with rules and regulations for appointments.
“There were few technical reasons because of which the department couldn’t go ahead with the task. We are hopeful of a smooth process this time,” said Maruti Thakur, an official of Sports Authority of Jharkhand.
Currently, all the stadiums in the mega sports complex and the ones located in Morabadi are in dire need of maintenance and upkeep. The Telegraph on many occasions has highlighted the ills plaguing these facilities built for the 34th National Games.
Ever since the National Games got over, many high profile sporting events in disciplines such as cycling, shooting et al had to be called off or shifted to other places because of the sports department’s bizarre rules and regulations on utilising the facilities. The poor condition of the stadiums once again came to the fore when the proposed Federation Cup 2012 matches were shifted from Ranchi to Jamshedpur.