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JK witnessing massive transformation in sports: Lt Guv

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing massive transformation in the field of sports, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said while addressing participants at the 9th Executive Council and 4th General Body meeting of Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, Pahalgam.
“In last 2-3 years, Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing massive transformation in the field of sports. Last year more than 17.5 lakh youth got an opportunity to showcase their talent in various sports disciplines. Earlier, the participation in sports never crossed the 1 lakh mark and this year our aim is to achieve a record figure of 35 lakhs,” the Lt Guv said.
“We have improved our ranking and moved to 16th place in the Khelo India Youth Games which concluded in Haryana recently. I am sure that J&K will be in the top ten in the next edition,” he added.
“With state-of-the-art Indoor and outdoor stadiums; 31 Khelo India Centers; provision of play fields and sports kits in every panchayat and providing maximum opportunities to promising sportspersons, the UT of J&K has become a powerhouse of sporting talent and is moving towards achieving excellence in sports,” he said.
“I urge young enthusiasts to make protection of eco-system an integral part of this sport and contribute in building a better society, a prosperous UT for future generations,” the Lt Guv said.
J&K is marching ahead on the path of development, making socio-economic progress, and fulfilling the aspirations of the people. It is our commitment to reform every sector that affects the lives of common man, he said.
In 2018-19, only 9,229 projects were completed. Subsequently, in 2020-21, 21,943 projects were completed. The FY 2021-22, we have achieved the historical milestone of completing 51,000 projects.
Welcoming Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is also the President of JIM&WS, in the 9th Executive Council and 4th General Body meeting of this prestigious institute, Sinha said that he expresses gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh for the revolutionary ‘AGNIPATH’ scheme which will give a new identity to the youth of the country, providing better future to them. This historic step will motivate the youth to serve the motherland and enhance the combat potential of our Armed Forces.
“I congratulate Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports on completing 39 years. Since its inception in 1983, this institute has overcome many difficulties and challenges to carve a niche for itself in the field of adventure sports. Not only trainees but trainers like Mahfooz Hajam have also made this institute proud with their remarkable achievements,” he said.
Every reputed institute in India, along with fulfilling its objectives, has also made committed efforts to meet the aspirations of the society. Keeping this tradition alive, Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports is always ready to serve the people in the same spirit and is working shoulder to shoulder with the administration during natural calamities, he added.
JIM&WS has also become the first institute in the country to achieve a significant accomplishment by completing winter skiing course in Sonmarg for the local and adventure sports lovers coming from all over the country.
“I also extend my heartiest congratulations to the Principal, Secretaries and Staff of the Institute for their efficient leadership. The institute is making relentless efforts for promotion of adventure sports & mountaineering activities in the country and showing the way to other institutions,” the Lt Guv said.

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