Srinagar: Taking suo motu cognizance of the matter, the J&K High Court on Wednesday registered a public interest litigation (PIL) against lack of sporting facilities in indoor and outdoor stadiums of J&K.
The court issued notices to the Union of India through Secretary Youth Services and Sports, and to Government of J&K through Secretary Department of Youth Services and Sports, and to J&K Sports Council, J&K Sports Association, and other sports federations to file their responses on this issue.
A division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe said that sports activities were essential, holistic and a complete way of education. The judges said that sports help in building personal appearances and team work attitude in children. Sports are healthy for both mind and body, the judges said.
The court remarked that the Government of J&K was responsible for providing sports facilities to children and adequate budget for sports.
The court further said that the Government of India and the National Sports Federations/ Associations can help J&K state in having all sports facilities in place.
The court observed that the state needs facilities for badminton, baseball, Kabbadi, Ludo, Billards, Carom, Chess, Judo, Boxing, Cricket, Football and many other sports. The judges remarked that J&K children should be given the opportunity to play at national and international events.
For small children, court directed recreational and amusement parks to be established.