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Sports funds not utilised: Congress

THE OPPOSITION today accused the BJP government of its ?failure? to make maximum utilisation of the assistance rendered by the Centre to promote sports activities in the state. Congress member Brijendra Singh Rathore took up the issue in the assembly today.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 14:21 IST
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THE OPPOSITION today accused the BJP government of its ‘failure’ to make maximum utilisation of the assistance rendered by the Centre to promote sports activities in the state. Congress member Brijendra Singh Rathore took up the issue in the assembly today. He was discussing the budgetary demands exceeding Rs 71 crores for Tourism, Sports and Youth Welfare departments headed by Ms Yashodhara Raje Scindia.

He expressed concern over reports of the younger generation’s involvement in criminal activities and suggested encouraging their participation in sports. Pointing out that the budgetary allocation for sports activities was not completely utilised, he suggested development of sports villages and improving facilities for sports at least at the block level.

Mr Rathore suggested development of helipad and basic infrastructure near the major tourist centres. The tourism department should not concentrate only on running hotels, he said, adding that art and heritage villages should be developed near tourist centres.

Mr Kailash Chawla (BJP) sought better approach of roads at tourist spots, while Mr Girija Shankar Sharma focussed on the need to promote domestic tourism and celebrate festivals like the Pushkar Mela in Rajasthan.

Mr Hamid Kazi said Burhanpur, where Mumtaz Mahal breathed her last, should be developed as a tourist spot and the Centre’s grant worth Rs 4.56 crores for constructing an approach road should be urgently utilised to this effect.

Mr Arif Aqueel suggested that insurance should be given to international players from the state and government jobs be granted to outstanding sports-persons. The Buddhist pilgrimage and heritage spot Sanchi, which attracts tourists from within the country and abroad, still lacks adequate transport facilities, he lamented.

Mr Vijay Bahadur Singh pointed out that the government should ensure safety of tourists visiting monuments in the dacoit-infested areas.

Bandhavgarh, Kanha: The popular tourism destinations in state – the Bandhavgarh and the Kanha National Parks - would be developed to international level to further promote eco-tourism in the state.

The state tourism department has decided to spend Rs 55 crores to construct and repair the 32 roads connecting the major tourism spots in the state, the minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia told the assembly during her reply to discussion on demand of grants. Efforts are being made to improve air service to Jabalpur and for this one per cent discount in air turbine fuel would be offered to private airlines.

As for sports department, the minister said that Rural Youth Centres would be set up at all the development blocks in the state to promote rural sports. Special sporting events would be held for women sportspersons. At divisional level two male and two female trainers each and at district level one male and one female trainer each would be appointed.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 14:21 IST