In a step to encourage Jammu & Kashmir’s youth towards sports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a special package of Rs. 200 crore on Saturday.
The package provides for construction of indoor sporting halls in all districts of the State with a view to provide playing facilities to youth during long winter in the state.
Two stadiums in the State capitals of Srinagar and Jammu will be upgraded to the international standards under the package while existing stadia at Poonch and Rajouri and Udhampur will be upgraded. In addition, water sport facilities will be provided at an estimated cost of Rs. 6 crore.
For immediate engagement of youth in the state in sporting activities, a special programme ‘Sports for AII’ is being implemented through J&K State Sports Council which provides for village level competitions and development of popular sports, such as, football etc.
An amount of Rs 5 crore has already been provided to J&K State Sports Council for organizing these village level sporting activities.
(With inputs from PTI)