JAMMU: Minister for Information Technology (IT), Technical Education & Youth Services and Sports, Moulvi Imran Raza Ansari Tuesday declared open 62nd National School Games (NSGs) in the disciplines of Cricket U-17 Girls and Tennis Cricket U-19 Boys and Girls at MAM Stadium here.
Minister for Social Welfare, ARI Trainings, Science & Technology, Sajjad Gani Lone and Minister of State for Youth Services and Sports, Sunil Sharma were also present on the occasion.
The Championship is organized by the Youth Services and Sports (YSS) Department under the aegis of the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) in which many teams from all over the country are participating.
While declaring the event open, Moulvi Ansari thanked the participating teams and their players for coming here and making this event a success.
He said that the Government is firm to involve the youth of the State in sports activities to boost their morale. He said various measures are underway to involve more and more youth in to sports. He said the Central Government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 200 crore for revival of sports infrastructure and activities in the State adding that the Government has decided to go in for a major upgrade of the existing sports infrastructure to make it at par with the best in the country.
Molvi Ansari said that it is the endeavors of the present Government to organize such events in order to channelize the energy of youth for constructive purposes. He urged the participants to spread the message of peace, communal harmony through the spirit of Sportsmanship.
Minister of State, Youth Services and Sports Sunil Kumar Sharma also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the measures taken for further improvements in the functioning of the YSS department by the present Government. He said Government is committed to upgrade the basic infrastructure for the sports activities.
Sharma said that the talent is present among the youth of the State but need is to channelize it in a proper way. He said Government is committed to provide every help to the talented youth to show their ability.
On the occasion, the Director Youth Services and Sports, Sheikh Fayaz Ahmed briefed about the arrangements made for conducting the event in grand success.