Jammu and Kashmir News
ANANTNAG, SEPTEMBER 13: Describing sports as an inseparable part of education, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Sunday said the focus on extra-curricular activities should be realistic and not a mere symbolic exercise.
He said adequate funds, over and above the normal allocation, have been provided to the Youth Services & Sports Department for restoration of flood-damaged sports infrastructure. “Our children are blessed with great talent. It is imperative that the heads of the educational institutions provide them a platform to display their skills,” he said while stressing upon making games an essential part of the curriculum.
The Chief Minister was addressing a large gathering of people and sports lovers, after inaugurating the South Kashmir Sports Festival, at Government Degree College for Boys, here today.
The South Kashmir Sports Festival, being organized by J&K Police, will be a 15-day event, in which participants from the four districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam will compete with each other in various sporting disciplines including cricket, soccer, volleyball, kho kho and badminton.
The Chief Minister complimented the J&K Police Department for organizing the tourney, inspite of the challenges they face on the law-and-order and security front.
Speaking on the occasion, the Sports Minister said the Chief Minister has flagged promotion of sports as a major priority area. He said sports festivals, like the one being held here, will be organized in other parts of the state also. “The funds provided to us in addition to our allocation are being utilized for immediate restoration of sports infrastructure,” he said while assuring the Chief Minister of taking big strides in reviving the sports culture in the state.
Also present on the occasion were Director General of Police, K Rajendra, IGP Kashmir Zone, SJM Gillani, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Muneer-ul-Islam, DIG and SSPs of South Kashmir Range.