Expedite work on upgrading stadiums in Jammu and Kashmir: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi: Newly-appointed Sports Minister Jitendra Singh has directed the officials to expedite the upgradation of sports stadiums in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir and sort out land issues related to the Sports University in Manipur.

Singh assumed the additional charge of Union Sports Ministry after Sarbananda Sonowal resigned to take over as Chief Minister of first BJP Government in Assam.

“Dr Jitendra Singh issued instructions for expediting the up-gradation of sports stadiums at capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, and bringing up sports centers in other parts of Jammu & Kashmir, for which Rs.200 crore has been earmarked by the Government of India,” the ministry said in a release.

Singh also took note of delay in starting of work on Sports University in Manipur which he had been pursuing as DoNER Minister.

He instructed the ministry officials to give the Manipur state government a deadline of one month and said if they fail to clear the issues related to the land already identified, the union Sports Ministry will be constrained to look for alternative piece of land.

Among those present at the meeting were Sports Secretary Rajeev Yadav, Additional Secretary Kiran Soni Gupta apart from other senior officers of the Department of Sports, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports Authority of India.

Jitendra Singh is Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) apart from being MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space.