2 pc quota for sportspersons in Uttar Pradesh jobs demanded
The Uttar Pradesh Sports Welfare Association, a platform in the sportspersons of the state, today threatened to come on the roads next month if the Akhilesh Yadav government failed to make a sports policy and reserve two per cent jobs for the sportspersons.
Association's president and former UP cricketer Mohsin Raza told reporters here that they had given time to the Samajwadi Party government till this month and if they still continued to ignore the sportspersons then they would be forced to go on indefinite dharna from January next year.
"The UP government has failed to give any benefits to the sportspersons and now several of the international players are shifting their bases to other pro-sports states,' he added.
Claiming that the previous Mayawati government also ignored the sportpersons even though several of her senior officials were associated with different sports body, he said now the present government is also continuing the same policy with keeping distance with the sports.
"The SP poll manifesto also promised to evolve a new sports policy for the state but still after 8 months of the governance there is no hint about it," Mr Raza alleged.
The Association in its 10-point charter of demand has appealed to raise the daily allowances of the sportspersons by 50 per cent besides reserving 2 per cent of the jobs for the players and provide promotions to those who have been employed as a fourth class employees. The memorandum also demands setting up of a sports advisory council which should be represented by renowned sportspersons of the state.