To identify sports talents at the school-level, the Haryana government is planning to bring about a Right to Play Act on the lines of the Right to Education Act.
This was revealed by state education and social welfare minister Geeta Bhukkal while speaking to mediapersons in Jhajjar on Monday. "Sports is a sign of development and the government is determined to introduce the right to play act and make Haryana a model in sports promotion," she said.
As many as 224 Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Khel Parisars, each on an area of six acres with outdoor and indoor facilities for 10 to 12 disciplines, were being built up at the block-level in the state, the minister said.
The minister's statement was well-received by sportspersons and experts associated with the discipline in the district. The Bill is bound to bring about a dynamic change in the Indian mindset, said a sportsperson.
"If the proposed law treats all sportsmen practicing different disciplines equally, then it would go a long way in the promotion of sports in the state," said Sunil Dabas, national kabaddi coach for women team.
"We are eagerly waiting for the speedy enactment of the law because this is expected to bring all sports disciplines on par with cricket," she said.
Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will honour Olympics bronze medal winner Yogeshwar Dutt and all other athletes who participated in London Games in an awards function to be organised by Haryana Police here on Thursday.
An official spokesman said the director general of police Ranjiv Singh Dalal, senior officers of police department and state government and players of Haryana Police would be present on the occasion.