Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Punjab Government’s Initiatives to Promote Sports

Punjab Government’s Initiatives to Promote Sports

Cash Awards Policy to encourage more youth from Punjab to take up sports

Punjab has been a leading state and had always enjoyed a pre-eminent position in the field of Sports. It was not only hockey that originated from Punjab but several other games in which youth of Punjab participated and won laurels for the Nation.

The Department of Sports provides cash awards to the medal winners of Olympic, Asian, Commonwealth and National Games. The Punjab Government provided cash incentive of Rs one crore to Abhinav Bindra who won maiden individually Gold Medal in Beijing Olympics-2008. The Department had formed a 'Cash Award Policy' to encourage sportspersons to excel at National and International level.  In addition there is Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award. This is the highest award in the state and the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award is given to eminent sportspersons of the state. The Award carries a cash prize of Rs. One lakh, a scroll and a statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Many athletes of Punjab had given a par excellence performance and achieved exceptional positions in International sports arena, flying Sikh Milkha Singh, Olympian and Arjuna Awardee S. Surjit Singh, Olympian Prithpal Singh, Olympian Jarnail Singh, Arjuna Awardee Prem Chand Dogra and Padam Shree Pargat Singh are the few examples. Punjab had produced many stars of an international repute in all the disciplines recognised in India. 

Sports infrastructure in Punjab

In the early nineties, a downward trend in the standard of sports in different disciplines created a cause of anxiety. Accordingly later a re-organisation of the sports set up was done by merging the Sports Wing of Khed Parishad, Sports Wings of Education Department into the Directorate of Sports to give a uniform direction to sports in the State of Punjab. At present, Punjab is only state which is having maximum numbers of Astro Turf hockey fields and Synthetic Tracks and Ultra Modern Sports infrastructure in the Country.

The Punjab Sports Department has been also doing exceptionally well in handling the sports activities in the state which speaks of the fact that Punjab established its supremacy by winning the overall Raja Bhalindra Singh Trophy in 31st National Games by bagging 163 medals. Punjab got 2nd Position in 32nd National Games held at Hyderabad by winning 146 medals (54 Gold, 37 Silver and 55 Bronze). The performance of Punjab State in the different National Games as well as National Championships held so far speaks of the efforts put in by the Punjab Sports Department in the development and promotion of sports in the state.

The Department of Sports provides pension to eminent veteran sportsmen who have excelled at International level during their youth and made the nation proud. Keeping in view their hard work and service to the nation, a pension of Rs. 1000 per month is provided to the participants of Olympics/World Cup and Rs. 600 per month to the participants of Asian Games/Commonwealth Games. After the death of the pensioner, this benefit is given to the widow / minor child / children of the pensioner.

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