Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today inaugurated an Artificial Football Turf at Langjing Achouba, Imphal West and also handed over the football turf to the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.
The football turf was constructed by the Water Resources Department with a cost of Rs. 10 crore.
Addressing the gathering as Chief Guest, N. Biren Singh said that development in the field of sports and games is one of the ways to make youths of the State healthy and disciplined. Adding that motivating youths to play games and sports by providing proper playgrounds would be much helpful in making our society a drug addiction free, he stressed on the needs of preserving playgrounds.
He maintained that the State Government had much concern about the development of sports sector and was working out to give grants to local sport clubs to ease a little of the financial constraint they faced to maintain the clubs. Stating that cash incentives of Rupees 50 Lakhs each had been awarded to NEROCA and TRAU earlier for participating in I-League, he added that the Government was planning to hand over cash incentive of same amount to KRYPHSA Football Club.
Biren further said that the State Government had identified places in 16 districts of the state to construct hockey grounds. He also added that the Government would try to construct gallery and changing room for the football turf inaugurated today.
Youth Affairs and Sports and Water Resources Minister Latpao Haokip informed the gathering that the State Government had made a proposal to the Centre for construction of Mini Stadiums in 32 Sub Divisions of the State. Of which four each at Valley Districts and Hill Districts had been selected and foundation stones for the same would be laid soon, he added.
He lauded players of the State for acquiring a place in the map of games and sports. He also stated that a proper playground is necessary in every village to garner the talent of our youths and urged the people of the State to maintain sanctity of sports and not to bring in politics in the sector.
Education, Fisheries and CADA Minister Shri Sorokhaibam Rajen Singh said that health, sports and education are the sectors which are keys to the development of a society and stressed on the needs for development of proper playgrounds in every part of the State. MLA Patsoi Assembly Constituency (AC) Km. Akoijam Mirabai, MLA Sagolband AC Shri R.K. Imo, MLA Keirao AC Shri L. Rameshwor, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Principal Secretary Shri Vumlunmang Vualnam, Commissioner Shri Kh. Raghumani, Secretary to Chief Minister Shri Ningthoujam Geoffrey, Officials of Youth Affairs and Sports Department and Water Resources Department and other sports persons also attended the function.