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Lays foundation stone of synthetic football turf at Jagti Camp

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of synthetic football turf on the outskirts of Jammu and said the state-of-the-art sports facility will be developed as per FIFA standards.

The LG said international-level sports facilities are being developed in the cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

Flanked by senior officials, Sinha laid the foundation stone of the turf at Jagti Migrant Camp, housing displaced Kashmiri Pandits.

The turf is set to come at a cost of Rs 5.75 crores.

Addressing the gathering here, the LG, according to an official press release, said, “The state-of-the-art sports facility is to be developed as per FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) standards.”

Sinha dedicated this vital sports project at Jagti to the community’s youth and to their contribution in nation-building.

“The achievements of the Kashmiri Pandit community fill my heart with pride. I dedicate this vital sports project at Jagti to the youth of this community and to their immense contribution to nation-building,” the LG said.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government is fully committed to the welfare of Kashmiri migrant families and this is also reflected in the interim budget of Jammu & Kashmir, the LG observed.

He said the representation of Kashmiri Pandit Community in J&K’s Legislative Assembly is a major step towards the empowerment of the community.

“I urge the youth of Kashmiri Pandit community to avail limitless opportunities in diverse sectors and fulfill the goal of Viksit Bharat,” the LG said.

In this Financial Year, an indoor stadium, outdoor gym and cricket stadium with all facilities will be developed at Jagti, while Rs 30 lakh has already been allocated for the creation of badminton and volleyball court facilities, the LG added.

The LG also highlighted the efforts of the administration to develop the massive infrastructure that has brought a sports revolution in J&K, post 2019.

“We have completed 702 sports projects. Multipurpose indoor sports halls have been constructed in almost every district. Playfields have been developed in every panchayat,” he said.

International level sports facilities are being developed in Jammu and Srinagar. Centres of Excellence have been established in Canoeing, Rowing and Fencing in both the Jammu and Kashmir divisions. Floodlighting and synthetic turfing are being installed in several stadia, the LG added.

The LG reiterated the commitment of the UT administration to extend necessary assistance and handholding to the budding sports persons and enterprising youth in different sectors.

He said the financial assistance to the 1049 youth identified during the Special camp will be provided by the end of February this year.

He instructed the Relief Commissioner and concerned officials to facilitate more youth interested in self-employment ventures and ensure their inclusion among the already selected candidates for assistance.

The LG called upon the community members to take the lead in creating large employment opportunities for the local youth and assured them of every support from the administration in their endeavours.

He further directed for organizing the second leg of the Special Grievance Camp for Kashmiri migrants in the coming days.

The work on the approved Yatri Niwas will start soon which will further augment the facilities for the devotees during the Mata Kheer Bhawani Mela, the LG said.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to LG; Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary Youth Services & Sports J&K; Sachin Kumar Vaishya, Deputy Commissioner Jammu; Dr. Arvind Karwani, Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) J&K, Nuzhat Gul, Secretary, J&K Sports Council; senior officials, prominent citizens, sportspersons and people in large number were presents.


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