I admit that there is a delay from the part of Ministry on NSU – Rijiju
Imphal, Sept 3
Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs ad State Independent Charge, Kiren Rijiju while inaugurating the Synthetic Turf ground for Football at Takyel in Imphal West today admitted that there has been delay in the part of Ministry while setting up of the National Sports University which was announced in 2014 during the first budget of Narendra Modi Government.
“I admitted that there has been a delay from the part of the Ministry and that I assure that I will rectify it immediately” Kiren Rijiju said today while inaugurating the Synthetic Turf ground for Football at Takyel in Imphal West.
“I will not accept any hindrance to the progress of National Sports University”, a committed Rijiju told the gathering.
On the failure to properly run the NSU in the temporary complex, Rijiju said that the reason for the failure to run properly is due to lack of proper support from all corners.
The synthetic football turf ground at Takyel which is in Imphal West was constructed at the cost of Rs. 10 crore 44 lakhs. Rs. 5 crore was sanctioned under the Khello India while Rs. 5 Crore 44 lakhs has been from the Sports Authority of India. The International standard football turf ground has a 200 audience capacity gallery and two green rooms for players. During the inspection, Kiren Rijiju said the upcoming Women World Cup football will be an inspiration to all the female football players in the state.
“During my visit (as MoS YAS) I have tried to analyze how Manipur produces top sportsperson of India and How it become a sports powerhouse, in what way Manipur Sportspersons are able to perform in high level, and then I have taken a decision to provide all kind of facilities to enhance our sportspersons in Manipur”, The Union MoS for YAS said talking to the gathering at Takyel.
Rijiju said that even though the NSU was announced in 2014 due to land dispute in choosing site it took time to take off. After the land dispute has been settled and after the site has been chosen there will be no delay in the progress of the NSU.
The Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju also took stock of the ongoing construction work for establishment of the National Sports University at Koutruk in Imphal West.
Kiren Rijiju arrived here in Imphal yesterday. Soon after his arrival here in Imphal the Union Minister along with the Chief Minister of Manipur went to Chandel district and reviewed the Aspirational Districts Programme taken up in Chandel district, which is among one of the 117 districts of the country selected under the programme.
This is the first visit of Kiren Rijiju after taking charge of the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports. Kiren Rijiju however, had visited the state many times at different capacity when he was the MoS Defence among others.
“When I took over as the Minister of YAS, one of my first agenda is the National Sports University”, Rijiju said talking to a gathering at Koutruk. He said he wanted to visit the site where the construction is being taken up to find out the suitability of the location.
The Union MoS for YAS said that the idea behind the establishment of the National Sports University is not just a center for sports, it is going to be a pride of India , a showcase where people from not only India but from across the country will come, he added.
He further said that the NSU was first announced in the first budget in 2014, when Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India. He said he had been enquiring about the progress of the National Sports University from time to time even though he was not in charge of YAS.
Earlier, Kiren Rijiju inspected the condition of the sports stadium at Khuman Lampak in Imphal. He was accompanied by MLA H. Dingo and MLA Robindro. The Union Minister of State for YAS and his companion along with Commissioner YAS Bobby Wahengbam and Director YAS Amstrong Panmei showed different part of the Khuman Lampak stadium. Kiren Rijiju interacted with various sportspersons at the Khuman Lampak stadium. Kiren Rijiju discussed about the problem being faced by the sportspersons due to lack of proper infrastructures among others.
Kiren Rijiju assured to replace the outdated sports equipments and to upgrade the stadium infrastructures to the sportspersons and the Coaches present in the interaction.
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