Govt has set target participation of around 35 lakh youth in sports this year: LG

Govt has set target participation of around 35 lakh youth in sports this year: LG
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (R) along with J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha during the 200th 'Raj Tilak' celebrations of Maharaja Gulab Singh in Jammu on Friday June 17, 2022. @OfficeOfLGJandK/Twitter

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday said that J&K is witnessing massive transformation in the field of sports over the past couple of years and that the government has set a target participation of around 35 lakh youth in sports this year.

“On behalf of the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, I welcome Hon’ble Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh ji, who is also the President of JIM&WS, in the 9th Executive Council and 4th General Body meeting of this prestigious institute,” said the LG at the event.

“I express my gratitude to the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh ji for the revolutionary ‘AGNIPATH’ scheme which will give a new identity to the youth of the country, providing better future to them. This historic step will motivate the youth to serve the motherland and enhance the combat potential of our Armed Forces,” Sinha said.

After the Everest summit, when a journalist asked the great mountaineer Edmund Hillary, what was the reason of this dangerous journey? Do you know how many people before you had lost their lives in the process of climbing this treacherous peak? Hillary looked at the journalist and said there was no particular reason but Everest was there and its existence was challenging the humanity.

Hillary's answer would seem very simple, but deep inside was hidden the challenge of 70 years. Climbers had failed for 70 years in scaling Everest, so Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay accepted the challenge. The uncharted peak is a challenge and not only Everest, the other places of universe, Moon, Mars are also in the reach of human spirits today, the LG stated.

“I congratulate Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports on completing 39 years. Since its inception in 1983, this institute has overcome many difficulties and challenges to carve a niche for itself in the field of adventure sports. Not only trainees but trainers like Sh Mahfooz Hajam have also made this institute proud with their remarkable achievements,” the LG said.

“Every reputed institute in India, along with fulfilling its objectives, has also made committed efforts to meet the aspirations of the society. Keeping this tradition alive, Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports is always ready to serve the people in the same spirit and is working shoulder to shoulder with the administration during natural calamities,” he said.

JIM&WS has also become the first institute in the country to achieve a significant accomplishment by completing winter skiing course in Sonmarg for the local and adventure sports lovers coming from all over the country. I also extend my heartiest congratulations to the Principal, Secretaries and Staff of the Institute for their efficient leadership, the LG added.

“The institute is making relentless efforts for promotion of adventure sports & mountaineering activities in the country and showing the way to other institutions. Climbing the highest peaks is not an ordinary adventure. It's a journey, it's a heroic deed and it's a search in Mysterious Mountain to attain the unattainable. I urge young enthusiasts to make protection of eco-system an integral part of this sport and contribute in building a better society, a prosperous UT for future generations,” he said.

“The highest peaks of Kargil are just seven hours away from here. 23 years ago our brave soldiers hoisted the tricolor on those inaccessible hills and fought till their last breath to protect the sovereignty and integrity of our great nation. In last 2-3 years, Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing massive transformation in the field of sports. Last year more than 17.5 lakh youth got an opportunity to showcase their talent in various sports disciplines. Earlier, the participation in sports never crossed the 1 lakh mark and this year our aim is to achieve a record figure of 35 lakhs. We have improved our ranking and moved to 16th place in the Khelo India Youth Games which concluded in Haryana recently. I am sure that J&K will be in the top ten in the next edition. With state-of-the-art Indoor and outdoor stadiums; 31 Khelo India Centers; provision of play fields and sports kits in every panchayat and providing maximum opportunities to promising sportspersons, the UT of J&K has become a powerhouse of sporting talent and is moving towards achieving excellence in sports,” he said.

J&K is marching ahead on the path of development, making socio-economic progress, and fulfilling the aspirations of the people. It is our commitment to reform every sector that affects the lives of common man. In 2018-19, only 9,229 projects were completed. Subsequently, in 2020-21, 21,943 projects were completed. The FY 2021-22, we have achieved the historical milestone of completing 51,000 projects, Sinha said.

He said J&K has become one of the leading States/UTs in the healthcare sector. We have achieved tremendous progress in road connectivity. Earlier, only six km of road was constructed daily in Jammu and Kashmir, but today we are building 20 km of road every day. Recently, J&K has been ranked third in performance under PMGSY.

“We have introduced e-governance to make governance process more transparent and citizen-friendly and in one year, J&K ranked at the top among the UTs and we will be number one across the country soon. I hope that, in coming future, J&K would continue to prosper under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Defence Minister”.

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