Itanagar, Dec.28 (ANI) Arunachal PradeshChief Minister Nabam Tuki has decided to offer cash incentives as New Year gifts to meritorious sportspersons, especially to those who have proved their talent at the national and international level.
Chief Minister Tuki said that he would hand over the cash incentives at a function in the first week of January.
Tuki, a footballer of repute himself, took the policy decision to evolve a sports policy to channelise youth power and create employment.
Several Arunachalees have created a niche for themselves in the arena of sports. The latest example are weightlifters Jimjang Deru, Lalu Taku and Kojum Taba, who had won gold medals at Commonwealth Youth Games held at Doha in October last.
There is a 10 percent job reservation under the sports quota in the police and sports departments, while a five percent job reservation in the remaining departments. So far, 355 meritorious sportspersons have been offered government jobs.
The state government has launched the maiden Mission Olympic to identify potential talent to represent India in the next Asian Games and the Olympics.
The Indian Weightlifting Federation had pinned all hopes on Arunachalee weightlifters to win medals in the next Olympics.
Arunachalee women archers Maselo Mihu and Netan Drema Khrimey had won gold medals at the 35th National Games in February last. The duo along with Sorang Yumi and Genung Takseng have qualified to represent India in the Asian Games.
The cash prizes on offer for Olympic participants, bronze, silver & gold medallists is Rs.25 lakh, Rs.50 lakh, Rs.75 lakh and Rs.1 crore respectively.
The sports department has been providing supplementary diets to players during coaching camps to ensure that they are physically fit before the events they are participating in at the regional, national and international level.
Chief Minister Tuki had launched the CM’s Trophy for Volleyball and Football (men & women) with attractive prizes at state, district and block level to tap the hidden talent.
The state government has announced the construction of seven outdoor stadiums of international standard at Chimpu, Aalo, Tezu, Pasighat, Ziro, Yupia and Daporijo at an estimated cost of Rs 243.23 crores. Amounts have also been sanctioned for mini and indoor stadiums, which are under various stages of construction. (ANI)