Haryana mulls to bring a Bill on Right to Play
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said the state government was contemplating bringing in a Bill on Right to Play on the pattern of the UPA government's Right to Education Act.
Felicitating the four Olympic medal winners of Haryana at his New Delhi residence, Mr Hooda said Haryana constituted about only two per cent of the country's total population but there were 18 players from Haryana in the Indian team of 81 players, which was a big achievement.
He said that in 2004 Olympics, Haryana players won no medal, in 2008 it won three medals and in 2012 it had won four medals and now for 2016 Olympics, the target for Haryana players had been fixed at 12 medals.
Mr Hooda said that there are three main tenets of Haryana's Sports policy - infrastructure development, talent hunt and training and an assured future.
Mr Hooda said that Haryana had a lot of sports potential. To give positive direction to the energy of youth, the Government had decided to lay stress on the development of sports.
About 200 stadia had been constructed in rural areas, where coaching would be given in different sports.
Academies were being established for different sports. SPAT programme had been started for catching the promising players at young age of 8 -14 and 14 -19 years.
The government would give training to 5000 such selected young players, along with scholarship of Rs 1500 and Rs 2000 per month.
Mr Hooda said the Haryana Government wanted to provide international level coaching to its players, so that their potential was fully developed and they were able to successfully compete in international events.
Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda, Haryana Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Sukhbir Kataria, Political Advisor to Chief Minister Virender Singh, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Shiv Bhattia, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister K K Khandelwal, Director General of Information and Public Relations Department Anand Mohan Sharan, Director General of Police Ranjeev Dalal and Joint Secretary of Haryana Olympic Association Surender Dangi were also present on this occasion.