GUWAHATI, Jan 18 - Giving a definitive push towards implementing the mega mission for rural empowerment and giving focused and concerted efforts in a time bound manner, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal disbursed initial payment of Rs 8 lakh each to 371 playground to transform them into modern playgrounds as a part of Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMGUY) at a function held at Srimanta Sankardvea International Auditorium here today.
It may be noted that as an essential component of CMSGUY for the development of playgrounds at the rural areas, in the first phase 500 playground will be developed to give exposure to the rural sports talents to nurture their sporting acumen. As a part of the Yojana, Chief Minister Sonowal as an initial payment disbursed 40 per cent that is Rs 8 Lakh of the total Rs 20 lakh to be given to each play ground.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that taking into consideration of sports as an important tool for self development government is mulling the idea of integrating sports with education and a composite discipline to be developed for the development of human resources of the state. He also stated that his government is developing rural sports grounds to give an opportunity to the youth to develop their sporting acumen and get noticed at the national and international arena.
Chief Minister Sonowal also informed that his government is in touch with the Central government to organize and host ASEAN Football Championship in Guwahati where efforts will be on to ensure participation of all the 10 ASEAN countries and Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. He also said that the event will be another step of the State government’s attempt to declare Guwahati as the Sports Capital of the country.
He also said that his government will also organize sports events at Panchyat, Anchalik Panchayat and Zila Parishad level to enable the sports talents to showcase their sporting sharpness. He also informed that those who show good prospects will be trained in Sports Academy which his government is going to set up in the state.
Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma, Member Secretary State Level Advisory Committee for Youth and Sports Welfare Lakhya Konwar also spoke on the occasion and stressed on the importance of sports and the State government’s role for spread and promotion of sports in the state. Arjuna Bhogeswar Baruah also spoke on the occasion.