Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday announced financial cash assistance to the tune of Rs 105 crore to 7,000 sports clubs in West Bengal. She promised the dole to the clubs “for building infrastructure for sporting activities” while giving away prizes to sports personalities for their achievements in different fields.
Mamata announced that Rs two lakh each would be given to 3,500 clubs and Rs one lakh each to another 3,500 clubs. She said the local clubs at the grassroots are keeping the tradition of sports alive in state. “Sports and culture are complementary and financial aid would help them improve their infrastructure. Budget for the sports and youth affairs department has been increased five-fold under the present government,” she said.
Mamata, however, lamented the absence of Sports Minister Madan Mitra, who was arrested by the CBI for alleged involvement in the Saradha scam and is in judicial remand at present, saying, “Madan started this work, today he is not here but I am sure his good wishes are with us. Good work cannot be stopped.”
“In life, one has to face storms but have to overcome these and move forward. Break wrongs, break canards, break humiliation and move ahead. People of the soil are real people, ‘Ma Mati Manush’ never fade away,” the Trinamool Congress supremo said.
Bengal pace spearhead Ashok Dinda, Asian Games gold medallist in squash Sourav Ghosal, archery stars Dola Banerjee and Trisha Deb, former hockey Olympian Gurbax Singh, billiards coach Manoj Kothari and legendary soccer coaches Amol Dutta and P K Banerjee were among those who were facilitated at a ceremony to mark the 152nd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
While Gurbax Singh and star footballer of yesteryears Chuni Goswami were given lifetime achievement awards, athletics coach Sudhir Pal and billiards coach Manoj Kothari got ‘Krira Guru’ awards.
Tennis coach Joydeep Mukherjee, gymnastics coach Joyprakash Chakraborti were also given the award, apart from P K Banerjee and Amol Dutta.
While 31 sportspersons from different fields were given the ‘Bangla-r Gaurav’ (Bengal’s Pride) award, 21 others were given the ‘Khel Samman’ award.
Vivek Chetna Utsav
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday announced the state would celebrate Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary on January 12 as Vivek Chetna Utsav. She said the state government was setting up a Centre of Excellence in the name of Swami Vivekananda at Rajarhat.
The state government has already helped Sister Nivedita’s house to be acquired and handed over to the Ramakrishna Mission. She said her government has also taken initiative to preserve the ancestral house of Maa Sarada. Two Chairs have been set up at Calcutta University and at Presidency University after Swami Vivekananda, she added.
She said her government has also taken initiative to preserve the ancestral house of Maa Sarada. Two Chairs have been set up at Calcutta University and at Presidency University after Swami Vivekananda, she added.
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