‘Scout’, ‘Engage’, ‘Facilitate’, and ‘Recognise’ basic cannons
JAMMU: In order to make the sports lucrative for youth, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has sanctioned the implementation of Jammu & Kashmir Sports Policy 2022 with the institution of several sports awards, incentives, scholarships, appointment of outstanding sports persons among other features.
The policy document lays the thrust to create vibrant incentivized sports ecosystem through strategic interventions for sports in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The basic cannons of the policy are to ‘Scout’, ‘Engage’, ‘Facilitate’, and ‘Recognise’.
The sports policy reflects the value current dispensation—being led by LG, Manoj Sinha—is giving this sector with focus on encouraging sports at both the rural and urban levels while ensuring the engagement of all.
Recently, the Administrative Council (AC), which had met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the rollout of the J&K Sports Policy 2022.
Awards & Incentives to Sports Persons
The Awards and incentives are provided to encourage and motivate the outstanding sportspersons for even higher achievements and to attract the younger generation to adopt sports as a career. These awards are also the expression of appreciation and nation-wide gratitude to winners.
The Policy institutes various annual awards like Sher-i-Kashmir Award for Excellence in Sports for 10 sportsperson, J&K Khel Protsahana Award for Sports Association, and two veterans/ experienced sportspersons/ organizers or referees, Parshuram Award for five best Coaches in different disciplines.
To further motivate the UT’s sporting talent, the Sports Policy announces special cash awards to the winners in Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Championship (Seniors/ Juniors), World Cup/ Championships, Youth Olympic Games, South Asian Games, and World University Games/ Championships; in the range of Rs one lakh to Rs one crore.
In order to motivate the youth of J&K to excel in sports, the Government shall provide jobs to 30 outstanding sportspersons per calendar year (05 in gazetted cadre and 25 in non-gazetted cadre) for winning medals at the national or representing/winning in international games/ competitions/ championships as per the rules notified by the General Administration Department, J&K.
The Government also proposes to grant out of turn promotion to outstanding sportspersons for medal winning performance in Olympic games, Common Wealth Games and Asian games.
UT Award to Outstanding Sportspersons
This will be highest award of the UT Government for the outstanding players of J&K. The award shall be announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day celebrations. Such award will enhance prestige of sportspersons and motivate them to perform better at national and international level.
The scope of award shall be suitably increased/modified and notified by the UT Government from time to time.
Special Cash Award to Outstanding Sportspersons
Special cash awards shall be given to the sportspersons of J&K who win first, second and third position in National and International competitions conducted by authorized international / national sports bodies
To give further impetus to the sports activities, the winners in all recognized National competitions and National School Games in various sports disciplines will be granted specified scholarships from the Directorate of Youth Service & Sports.
The vision for the Policy is to have, in the next 10 years, a dynamic and innovative ecosystem that promotes and celebrates participation and excellence in sports inculcating a sense of harmony, where all citizens can participate according to their abilities and interests, performing at the highest competitive levels. This will enable sports and games deliver benefits to individual health and well-being, and in turn contribute to nation building and socio-economic impact.
Policy Principles, Goals & Objectives
The Policy, in detail, discusses of creating a sports ecosystem through strategic interventions by the Government of J&K which would encompass the five levels of progression in a pyramidal structure, which rise from a broad base of Foundation Level to the highest point of Human Performance Index Development (HPID), with ethos of ‘catch them young, train them well and keep them active till the end, for youth & ‘include all’ for the general populace.
Identification, engagement, facilitation & recognition will form the operative principles for this pyramidal structure, the document envisages.
Policy encourages promotion of the UTs natural resources such as lakes, rivers, canals and mountains to promote sports tourism. The policy accords special focus to golf, winter sports and adventure and water sports activities, besides hubs and sports tourist centers will be created which would in turn provide additional job opportunities.
The Department shall accord top priority in procuring equipment and establishing supporting infrastructure (soft & hard) facilities.
Winter Sports - Skiing
The existing skiing facility for training as well as leisure games at Gulmarg etc will be developed to international standard. Apart from this, specific focus for skiing infrastructure development should be a thrust initiative at Pahalgam and Sonamarg as these are also a high snowfall receiving regions.
Regions like Gurez and other smaller villages with very scenic spots may be developed as nature walk/ trails/rock climbing with single focused sport activity. This will enable the creation of experience destinations and boost the economy alongside providing employment opportunities.
Mountain Hiking & Biking/Tourism
Up-gradation of the training facility and curriculum in mountaineering related courses using upgraded techniques, infrastructure and methodology.
JK Sports Council shall in collaboration with the tourism department encourage international golf competitions so that golf tourism is given a spurt. Other districts in the UT would be explored for developing golf as a sport. The Directorate of YSS in collaboration with the Golf Development Authority and tourism department shall strive to involve school children as well.
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