Imphal, Feb 22: Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS) Minister Letpao Haokip today said that incentives and job facilities to sports persons are provided under a policy of the state government by following proper guidelines. There is reservation for meritorious sportspersons in government department and these are offered only to the sportspersons which brought laurels of the country and states which comes through proper Chanel.
Letpao Haokip said this while urging the opposition MLA who to withdraw cut motions moved by them to the passing of the demand for grant of Rs. 78,44,03,00/ Youth Affairs and Sports department.
Md. Abdul Nasir, K. Meghachandra, Dr. Chaltolien Amo, K Ranjit of the opposition MLA moved the cut motion to the passing of thedemand for grant on the ground that certain loopholes are cited to the way the YAS is taking up for improvement of sports in the state.
Already Manipur is known as the powerhouse of sports – Dr. Chaltolien Amo said.
With the new government initiative to develop hill region under its motto “go to Hill” the department should also think of a way to produce more sports persons from all sections of people from every part of the state.
Chaltolien said that the constituency he represents does not have any sports infrastructure which is needed for encouraging the youths in the field of sports. On selection of sports persons MLA Chaltolien said that players from the Hills should also be selected.
MLA K. Meghachandra, hinted partiality of the department to the appointment of meritorious sport persons to any suitable government job as some are given the opportunity while some with the similar achievement are left aside. He was referring about one female Wushu Player who had participated and received medals at various International championships.
“Manipur today have one or 2 or even more sports persons who played at international level in many family but giving recognition depended on the degree of popularity either in the event he or she chose”, Letpoa said. He further added that the government has been providing case incentives to sports persons with excellent career since 1984 and same is following till today.
“We have reservation of 5% for sports persons in every government department”, Letpao said.
Letpao also said that some players who played at international level but didn’t follow proper norms and regulation could not be considered for the kind of benefits. He said the players should represent state of Manipur or the Country India for such incentives.
Chief Minister N. Biren supplementing the reply by the YAS Minister said that there was a case that many sports persons are offered job in the state government departments as per their educational qualification.
“That was a onetime measures”, Biren added and said that all achievers will have the facilities of 5% job reservation to government department.