YAS Minister launches District Sports Development Fund


Youth Affairs & Sports Minister, Govindas Konthoujam today launched the District Sports Development Fund at Conference Hall, DC Office, Bishnupur.
Deputy Commissioner Bishnupur, Lourembam Bikram; ADM, H Bobby Sharma; District Youth Affairs & Sports Officer, Soibam Ibeyaima Devi; representatives of district level sports organizations/associations, sportspersons from different disciplines and officials concerned attended the launching event.
Speaking on the occasion, Govindas Konthoujam lauded the District Administration for initiating "District Sports Development Fund" to support & encourage sportspersons in the district by utilizing the prize money received under Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, 2021.
He expressed that the noble initiative will greatly aid in meeting the travel expenses of athletes and in organizing district level sport events.
He also emphasized the importance of grooming budding sportspersons and guiding them to overcome any hurdle they may face at the later stage of their sports career.
The Minister further mentioned that the Government has put up proposals to the Central Ministry for developing and improving sports infrastructure in the State and the district as well.
Lourembam Bikram stated that the idea to initiate the District Sports Development Fund was conceived out of the regular interactions and visits made at the sports training centres of the district.
It may be mentioned that as per the office memorandum, the purpose of District Sports Development Fund is to help sportspersons excel by providing them gap filling funds for participation in national/international competitions of Olympic Sports discipline.
The athlete should belong to BPL family or are orphans. The fund will also provide financial assistance for prize money in district or block level competitions upto a maximum of Rs 50,000 to regular performing district level clubs and organizations.
The Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, 2021 was conferred to Bishnupur District in April this year for Best Performance in the implementation of "Promoting excellence in sports and wellness through Khelo India scheme".