Physical fitness programme for UP schools under consideration
Minister for Forests and Sports K.B. Ganesh Kumar said here on Tuesday that irregularities in the Sports Council from 2001 would be probed.
Replying to questions at a press conference, the Minister said that that he preferred a Vigilance probe into the irregularities, including that related to the renovation of the Water Works swimming pool here. Corruption had caused much loss to the council and the government.
The Minister said that there had been irregularities in the appointments to the sports quota also. The procedure would be streamlined and made transparent through an online ranking system. As many as 39 sports items had been included in the eligibility criteria though Kerala had been winning medals in 16 items only. Quota for non-winning items would be withdrawn. An online system would be introduced for public assessment of the functioning of the sports associations.
Mr. Ganesh Kumar said that the arrears in disbursement of cash awards, pertaining to the period from April 2008 to March 2012, to sportsmen would be cleared. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy would present the awards to about 1,500 sportsmen at a function to be held here on July 5. Special cash awards announced by the government to outstanding sportsmen would also be disbursed on the occasion. Cash awards totalling Rs.5.46 crore were have not been disbursed.
He said that the Education Department was planning to introduce a physical fitness programme in upper primary schools from next year. The Sports Council would set up an elite training academy to train selected sportspersons. A park for training children in volleyball and basketball with mini courts would be set up in Thiruvananthapuram this year.