Minister Kollu Ravindra testing Gym equipment at IGMC stadium in Vijayawada on Thursday
Vijayawada: Minister for youth services, sports and law and justice Kollu Ravindra on Thursday said that 3, 000 playgrounds would be developed in one year in rural high schools with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) funds.The minister said the state government had sanctioned 57 new Kreeda Vikasa Kendralu (KVK). “Of the 50 KVKs sanctioned last year, 39 were completed,” he added.
Minister Kollu Ravindra says every gram panchayats will have sports facilities, which will be developed at a minimum cost of Rs 5 lakh.
Sports monitoring officers will be appointed soon from village to state-level
Ravindra visited Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation (IGMC) stadium and inspected the facilities along with Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) vice-chairman and managing director N Bangara Raju. The minister inspected Tennis Complex, Volleyball Court, Sports Medicine Centre and Boxing Association hall. He tested equipment in the IGMC stadium gym and expressed satisfaction.
Later, vice-chairman and managing director (VC&MD) N Bangara Raju submitted a brief report to Minister Ravindra about the sports facilities in the state.He said that about 200 playgrounds had been identified for development and creation of sports facilities. He said that each gram panchayat would have sports facilities and would be developed with a minimum Rs 5 lakh. Sports monitoring officers would be appointed very soon beginning from village to state-level, he added.
The minister said that sports amenities would be created in all 175 Assembly constituencies and would be developed at a cost of Rs 2 crore. He further said that 39 KVK centres were completed and remaining 11 were in progress.“This year, SAAP will organise 50 summer coaching camps in each district and 30 camps should be conducted in rural areas. For that, Rs 1.57 crore funds released and Member of Parliaments, MLAs, MLCs, Collector and SPs will inaugurate the summer camps,” he said.
In addition to summer camps, 10 residential camps would be conducted for 20 sports and games disciplines and SAAP would make necessary arrangements, he announced. Special coaching would be given to School Games Federation of India (SGFI), Khelo India, Federation medalists and international medalists, he explained.
Minister Ravindra said that water sports would be introduced this year and facilities would be provided at Nagayalanka and Vijayawada. Sports kits and coach facilities would be provided for identified government and private schools, he said.
Later, the Minister said that Sports Leagues would be organised in all districts for development and promotion sports. Krishna District Sports Development Officer (DSDO) Md Sirajuddin and others accompanied.