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Jharkhand to hold National Games in Feb 2011: Arjun Munda

india Updated: Dec 04, 2010 20:57 IST
Madan Kumar
Madan Kumar
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The 34th National Games, which has been deferred five times in the past, will now be held in February 2011 in Jharkhand, the state's chief minister Arjun Munda said on Saturday.

"Now, there will be no deferment or re-scheduling of the new schedule of February 2011," Munda said in Jamshedpur.

The Games will be held in three cities of the state -- Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad.

Munda said his government was very serious for holding the National Games.

"Soon after my swearing-in as chief minister for third term in September last, I had announced that my government's priority is to hold panchayat elections and then the National Games. Now, panchayat elections are underway and it will be completed by end of December. After that my priority is to hold National Games," Munda told Hindustan Times.

He said the state administration has been asked to ensure that the National Games are held in February 2011 without any hiccups.

To a question about the ongoing probe into the charges of corruption against the office-bearers of National Games Organizing Committee (NGOC), the chief minister said that the government's priority was to hold the long-pending National Games in February, without any further delay.

Other technical issues would be taken care of in due course of time, Munda said.

Earlier in the day, Munda held a meeting in Ranchi with officials of the NGOC and state government to discuss new schedule for the National Games.

Earlier on September 24, the state chief secretary A K Singh had announced deferment of the National Games for the sixth time, saying "It is not possible to hold the 34th National Games in December 2010 as panchayat elections will take place in November and December."

The Games were earlier scheduled for Dec 9-22.

The 34th National Games have been postponed five times due to delay in developing the games infrastructure in Jharkhand.

The National Games were last held in Guwahati in 2007.