Kolkata, Sep 10: After starting the scheme or giving annual grants to clubs for creating interest in sports, the West Bengal Government has come up with a programme of giving Rs one lakh each to sports coaching centres across the state.
The notification was published recently by the State Youth Services & Sports Department. The idea behind this is to further strengthen the sporting culture of the state, and to enable more and more sportspersons to come to the fore from even the remotest corners of the State and bring glory to the country.
The government took this decision after getting application for financial help from many institutes and coaching camps.
The salient points of the notification regarding the type of institutes that can apply for the Rs one lakh grant are having as coach a person with a coaching license or a former or current State-level or national-level player, having at least 50 trainees and having proper infrastructure in the form of field or arena or court and equipment.
These apart, it includes having recommendation of the concerned district sports council or sub-divisional sports council and those not getting benefits under the Khelashree Scheme. All types of sports would be given due importance while providing the grants. Meanwhile, the State Government is also planning to introduce a sports policy, which will be of immense help to the athletes. The sports policy will be introduced with an aim to ensure that more athletes can take part in the international level.
Necessary support will be given to those performing well in the Commonwealth Games so that they can take part in the Asiads. Likewise those who will perform well in Asiads will be extended necessary support to ensure their participation in the Olympics. (UNI)