Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed the State Government to complete recruitment process to the position of Rehbar-i-Khel in all districts within two months.
The direction was passed after status report dated 1st February 2019 was filed by the Joint Director, Youth Services and Sports disclosing creation of 3000 posts of Rehbar-e-Khel vide Government Order dated 27.10.2017.
It was informed to court that sanction stands accorded for engagements in District Budgam, Baramulla and Ganderbal; furthermore, engagement orders are under process with regard to District Samba, Doda, Kupwara, Kulgam and Kargil.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar after being informed, directed that let the process of these appointments and implementation thereof be positively completed at the earliest.
The Division Bench ordered, “The recruitment process to the position of Rehbar-i-Khel in all districts shall be completed within a period of two months. The respondents shall place a district wise status report before us regarding the appointments of Rehbar-i-Khel before the court which shall be considered.”
The court recorded in the order that so far as the availability of sports facilities are concerned, it is truly unfortunate that there is no disclosure by any of the respondents about the creation and availability of facilities of various sports. “Even the State Government has failed to disclose anything other than the status of construction/upgradation of the Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar and the Moulana Azad Stadium, Jammu. The various Sports Associations impleaded as respondents receiving funds from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, have failed to respond to the repeated notices by this Court. There is no dispensation of any of the allocation to these sports organizations in the State of J&K. Such a situation cannot be countenanced under any circumstances.
The court directed Secretary, Department of Youth Services and Sports, Government of J&K to convene meeting(s) with representatives of other sports associations and federations.
The court noted that the meetings should be convened on following points:
(i) The creation of facilities which are required in respect of the concerned sports;
(ii) the manner in which the facilities would be created;
(iii) the allocation of funds in respect thereof:
(iv) the manner in which interest in the sports concerned would be generated and opportunity created to the children and youth in the State of J&K to participate in the sports.
The court made it clear that in case respondents didn’t follow court directions, “we shall have no option but to direct the personal appearance of their representatives in as much as a solemn duty is owed by them to the children and youth in the State of J&K so far as the awareness and creation of facilities for the development of the sports within the State is concerned as well.”
“Let the first meeting in terms of this order shall be held within a period of two weeks,” the court directed.