The Haryana Vidhan Sabha Monday passed the Haryana Sports Council Bill, 2016, to constitute statutory sports councils at the state, district, block, municipal corporation, municipal council and municipal committee levels.
Amidst objections raised by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), the Bill was moved by Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij in the ongoing session.
After the Bill was moved, leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala sought time to study it and that discussions should be held on Tuesday. However, Vij insisted that since it was the National Sports Day, the Bill should be passed Monday itself. The House was adjourned for 20 minutes as INLD sought some time to study it.
As proceedings of the House began, Chautala raised objections to the Bill, claiming that the constitution of Haryana Sports Council will not benefit either the players nor will it promote sports.
He further said that as per the Bill people who are not associated with sports will be made members of these councils.
“Instead of making Sports Council, the government should focus on making better sports stadiums, hire trainers and coaches and provide better infrastructure to players. Since officials are being made part of the councils, once they are transferred then promoting sports will take a hit.
Further, the Indian Olympics Association (IOA) does not recognise such councils and this may hamper future of the players. The government should appoint PTIs in every school,” he said.
Claiming that sports councils will not be involved with selecting players or teams, he said, “At present there is nobody to check the stadiums in villages. We will be opening sports injury centre for which talks are on with Australia. In every district, we will open 20 sports nurseries. Stadiums will be built in every village and construction of 850 stadiums will be started this year. We will also be hiring 650 coaches.”
As per the Bill, the Councils would be constituted under Haryana Sports and Physical Fitness Policy-2015 for the promotion of sports, games, yoga and physical fitness, to augment athletic efficiency and to promote the concept of ‘Sports for All’.
These Councils would be responsible for coaching, competitions and other sports-related activities.