91 teams participating in ‘Khelo Itanagar’

JOLLANG, May 22: The booth level committee volleyball tournament, ‘Khelo Itanagar’ was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pema Khandu here on Wednesday.
Organized by the local BJP mandal, the tournament has 91 teams with about 1092 male and female members.
Speaking at the function, the CM said PM Modi lays great emphasis on health of the youths to build new India by 2022. He said under Modi, the country has got big boost in sports through ‘Khelo India’ campaign.
The CM also said the main message of ‘Khelo India’ is to inculcate discipline through sports. He said person who play regular sports are found to be discipline in nature and have positive mindset.
Speaking about the state government’s initiative in sports, the CM said four new outdoor stadiums are nearing completion at Daporijo, Ziro, Pasighat and Itanagar. He also said state government has launched a sports policy which was long overdue. As per the policy, Olympic bronze winner will get Rs 1 crore, silver medallist Rs 2 crore and gold medallist Rs 3 crore.
He also informed that state government will soon sanction 1000 posts in the state civil police and requested sportsperson to apply for government jobs through sports quota.
RD Minister Alo Libang, Parliamentary Secretaries PD Sona, Phosum Khimhun and Tesam Pongte were also present.