Sushil Modi Makes Tall Promises During Inauguration of Eklavya Games

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi inaugurates Eklavya Games in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the 4-day 'Bihar Eklavya Khel' program at Pataliputra Sports Complex amidst a colorful opening program performed by young children from all across Bihar.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said that the NDA government was committed to offer the best sporting facilities to the budding sportsmen of Bihar by developing a strong infrastructure that would include modern stadium, coaching institutions, latest equipment and tools required to produce world-class players and athletes.

The Nitish administration, high on announcement and low-to-moderate on implementation, had earlier planned to set up a top-notch sporting facility in Rajgir spread in an area of over 90 acres. The government had allocated Rs. 633 crore for the development of this facility but like most government projects, the plan hit a roadblock and was left to die for the past several years.

"We are in the process of reviving this project that would also have an ultra-modern stadium," he said.

Other steps being taken by the state administration to foster a climate of sports and athletics in the state, Modi said that from its current 22 Eklavya sporting and training centers where 370 children are currently being trained, the government aims to open 17 more such centers that would accommodate 1000 children at a time.

"Besides raising the stipend of coaches from Rs. 8000 to Rs. 30,000 per month, the government is also offering one percent job reservation to sportspersons in the police department. Moreover, the amount currently spend on each child will be raised from Rs. 100 to Rs. 225. Sports kit and proper attire would now be given to the children twice a year instead of just once a year," the Deputy Chief Minister said.

Bolstered by the Supreme Court's decision last week to allow Bihar Cricket Association to participate in the Ranji Trophy tournament, Modi said that the state government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) for the development of Moinul Haque stadium in Patna.

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