High Court Unhappy Over Sports Facilities In J&K

SRINAGAR —  The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has pulled up the authorities for not disclosing anything about the creation and availability of facilities of various sports in the state.

“So far as the availability of sports facilities are concerned, it is truly unfortunate that there is no disclosure by any of the respondents about the creation and availability of facilities of various sports,” a division bench of the court comprising chief justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev kumar said.

“Even the State Government has failed to disclose anything other than the status of construction/upgradation of the Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar and the Moulana Azad Stadium, Jammu,” the court said. 

The various Sports Associations impleaded as respondents are receiving funds from the Ministry of Youth, Affairs and Sports, Government of India, have failed to respond to the repeated notices by the Court, the division bench said.

“There is no dispensation of any of the allocation to these sports organizations in the State of J&K. Such a situation cannot be countenanced under any circumstances.,” the court said and directed Secretary, Department of Youth Services and Sports, Government of J&K to convene meeting(s) of the authorized representatives to place an action plan regarding the creation of facilities which are required in respect of the concerned sports;) the manner in which the facilities would be created; the allocation of funds in respect thereof and the manner in which interest in the sports concerned would be generated and opportunity created to the children and youth in the State of J&K to participate in the sports. “The date and time of the meeting(s) shall be communicated by the Secretary of the Department of Youth Services and Sports of the State Government to the respondent Nos. 4 to 14 by email, WhatsApp and speed post.”

The court also directed that officials not below the rank of Secretary of the respondents 4 to 14 shall participate in the meeting(s) with the Secretary of the Department of Youth Services and Sports. “We make it clear that in case the respondent Nos. 4 to 14 do not respond in terms of the directions of this Court, we shall have no option but to direct the personal appearance of their representatives inasmuch as a solemn duty is owed by them to the children and youth in the State of J&K so far as the awareness and creation of facilities for the development of the sports within the State is concerned as well.”

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