Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer on Tuesday launched a scholarship scheme to present month-to-month stipend to sportspersons who bag first three positions in nationwide competitions.
Mr Hayer mentioned a brand new sports activities coverage can even be launched by the state authorities, beneath which sportspersons successful medals in worldwide occasions might be recruited immediately by making a particular cadre beneath the Sports Department.
The authorities can even launch a medical insurance scheme for sportspersons, he mentioned addressing the media.
Launching the Olympian Balbir Singh Senior Scholarship Scheme, he mentioned the Punjab gamers who bag first three positions in sports activities occasions at senior nationwide championships might be given Rs 8,000 monthly for one yr.
Similarly, junior nationwide medal gamers might be given Rs 6,000 monthly, mentioned Mr Hayer, including that the stipend will proceed in the event that they once more win medals after one yr.
The late hockey legend’s daughter Sushbir Kaur hailed the announcement of the state authorities.
“The Punjab government’s such efforts will surely bring positive results,” Ms Kaur advised PTI.
The minister mentioned an annual finances of Rs 12.50 crore has been reserved by the division for this scheme, claiming that Punjab is the primary state within the nation which is able to give stipend to sportspersons.
Apart from offering sports activities gear to gamers, new coaches might be recruited at a big scale, mentioned the minister. The food regimen stipend of day scholar gamers has been elevated from Rs 100 to Rs 125 per day and people of gamers residing in hostels has been elevated from Rs 200 to Rs 225, he mentioned.
Replying to a query, Mr Hayer mentioned, “We are coming up with a new sports policy and trying to create a separate sports cadre under the Sports Department.” “Sportspersons who bring medals in international events can be recruited directly,” he mentioned.
Giving food regimen, teaching, sports activities gear, jobs and money prizes to gamers might be key elements of the coverage, he mentioned. He mentioned the Sports Department will quickly rent 220 new coaches to spice up sports activities exercise within the state.
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