A day after HT reported how the under-14 girl’s of Ranchi’s Yuwa India football club lost their football field of four years, Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh visited Hutup village on Friday, met the young players, played football with them and offered some quick-fix solutions.
“We have failed to systematically tap sporting talents in our country,” said Ramesh and asked the Ranchi deputy commissioner, Vinay Kumar Choubey, to announce that till the stadium promised by the Jharkhand chief minister was ready the girls should practise in the local block office campus.
He also announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh from his MPLAD fund for a mini bus for the Yuwa Club after he learnt that many of the girls found it difficult to commute for the evening practice.
The union minister assured admission to the senior girls in the team in the Kasturba Gandhi Residential School and suggested that the Ranchi administration set up coaching classes, facilitate job-oriented courses for them.
Meanwhile, BIT Mesra has invited the girls to practise in their playground. “We have opened our gates for them. They may use our ground anytime,” deputy registrar S S Akhtar said.