| Chief minister Nitish Kumar presents the cheque of Rs 1 lakh to Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey (extreme left) as art, cultural and youth affairs minister Sukhda Pandey (centre) and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi look on at SK Memorial Hall in Patna on Monday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Patna, Aug. 29: Sportpersons of the state are in for some good news as chief minister Nitish Kumar today announced that as many as 150 of them would be provided government jobs by end-September.
Felicitating players at SK Memorial Hall on National Sports Day, which is celebrated in the memory of hockey legend Dhyan Chand every year, Nitish said: “I want to bring out the finest players from the state and boost the morale of sportspersons. The government will provide jobs to 150 players involved in various sports in the government sector. Earlier, there were few sportsmen who used to get government jobs but the government has recently made a few amendments and added a few more games so that the players can get the jobs.”
He added that only those players who would represent the state at national and international-levels would bag the jobs.
Nitish said: “There is no scarcity of talent in our state and we have plenty of good players. The state government keeps on bringing schemes and programmes for betterment of sport facilities in Bihar. There is a demand for an international-level stadium and we are working on it. The government is also trying to provide better sports facilities in villages.”
Moreover, Nitish formally announced the setting up of the state’s first hockey stadium at Rajendra Nagar Physical Training College near Moin-ul-Haq Stadium. “As we remember this day in the memory of hockey player Dhyan Chand, I take the opportunity to announce that the government will build the state’s first hockey stadium. The government is serious about taking sports as one of the major benchmarks of development in the state.”
Nitish also announced to build a sports academy. “Many times, I hear that we don’t have any sports academy like other states. I am announcing that we will soon have a sports academy in Patna on the lines of Patiala Sports Academy. The government is keen to provide all help to sportspersons in Bihar and we are taking various steps in this field.”
He added: “I want more sportspersons to come forward and make the state proud.”
At the event, Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey was felicitated for being the first from the state to scale Mount Everest. Rajesh Choudhary, the Arjuna award winner in yachting, and shooter Chandrashekhar Choudhary, too, were felicitated.
All the three were given cheques of Rs 1 lakh each for bringing laurels to the state by art, culture and youth affairs and Bihar state sports authority departments. During the ceremony, 229 players were felicitated for bagging medals in national and various other games.