Ensuring robust growth
Outdoor activities comprising mainly sports have always attracted the younger negation. These activities not only kept them physically sound but also helped them to achieve a positive bend of mind.
However, over the past several decades the governments here ignored the plight of the younger people as the region did not have a well defined sports policy. Though Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing turmoil for almost three decades now, the thought to engage the youth in sports related fields never crossed the mind of the authorities.
Since the youth here is quite outgoing and forward looking their involvement in sports activities could have got them engaged and diverted them to something constructive and productive.
Ironically, some measures which were announced during the past regimes either got stuck up in bureaucratic red tape or ended up benefitting the people who were close to the corridor of power.
Sports activity, though quite limited during the past several years did not attract the youth’s attention and hence the activity did not achieve the desired results it should have achieved over the years.
Now some movement forward is being witnessed on this front as the administration led by the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced a comprehensive sports policy which intends to make the sports lucrative for youth.
The government has sanctioned the implementation of Jammu & Kashmir Sports Policy 2022 with the institution of several sports awards, incentives, scholarships, appointment of outstanding sports persons among other features.
This first ever policy document has been created with the vision of ‘games and sports for all’ and is designed to be in conformity with the National Sports Policy of the country.
The policy document lays the thrust to create vibrant incentivized sports ecosystem through strategic interventions for sports in Jammu and Kashmir. The basic cannons of he policy are to scout, engage, facilitate and recognise.
The sports policy reflects the value that the administration is giving this sector with focus on encouraging sports at both the rural and urban levels while ensuring the engagement of all.
The vision of the proposed Jammu and Kashmir Sports Policy 2022 is to create a dynamic, inclusive, competitive and innovative environment that enables and empowers the young citizens to experience and benefit from a strong sports culture- to facilitate the creation of a self-sustaining and participative sports eco-system that makes sports affordable, enjoyable and sustainable for all who wish to play and for those who wish to excel on the global forefront.
The policy becomes all the more important as the youth are in dire need to let their hopes and trust consolidate on a platform that will ensure their success and overall well being.
The youth here are faced with many challenges and physical activity that the proposed policy will ensure can sure help the youth to move away from various evils that they have they have fallen prey to.