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Committees to monitor policy execution, fix responsibilities

A high-level state committee headed by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will keep an eye on the implementation of the new sports policy, which has laid down directives to safeguard the city’s open spaces and make sporting facilities in many gymkhanas available to the public.

mumbai Updated: Jun 21, 2012 00:57 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

A high-level state committee headed by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will keep an eye on the implementation of the new sports policy, which has laid down directives to safeguard the city’s open spaces and make sporting facilities in many gymkhanas available to the public.

The committee will also determine what action will be taken against government and private bodies in case the rules are not implemented.

The new sports policy, which got a nod on June 14, forbids all civic bodies across the state from changing the existing reservations on open spaces. It also calls for all private institutions, including clubs and gymkhanas, that have obtained the plot through special schemes to keep the grounds within their premises open to the public. Many of the lease agreements already make this a requirement, but with a police in place now, the implementation of rules is expected to become easier. “Every collector will have a committee that will look at the implementation of the sports policy and it will report to the state committee.

The state committee, to be headed by the chief minister, will decide what action will be taken on civic bodies, urban authorities and private bodies that do not adhere to these rules,” said sports minister Padmakar Walvi.

The committee, which is expected to be formed by the end of June, will have 28 members, which includes sports ministers, officials from the sports directorate, school education, finance, revenue, urban development departments, state legislators, members of parliament and sportspersons.

The policy requires the state committee to meet four times a year, while district committees must meet twice annually.

“A process will be set in place by which the local collector or tehsildar will need to identify spaces that need to be kept open to the public. They will submit a report to the state committee on cases of non-implementation,” Walvi said.