CM hands over Sports Pension

Online staff/GUWAHATI, Sept 3: Governor of Assam Dr Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma today attended the Sports Pension Award Ceremony 2021-22 organized at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati under the aegis of Sports and Youth Welfare Department. In the ceremony, Chief Minister Sarma formally handed over pension sanction letters to 13 recipients.
This year, Assam Government has awarded regular sports pension of Rs 10,000 per month to 99 sportspersons and one-time financial award of Rs 50,000 to 153 sportspersons to the medal winners from the State in Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and National Games.
Chief Minister and other dignitaries ceremonially handed over the pension letters to the 13 sportspersons, including Hima Das, Elvis Ali Hazarika, Krishna Hazarika, Pwilao Basumatary, Arup Kumar Sangma, Dipa Choudhury, Ananya Banerjee, Nafisa Sadiq, Mita Sinha Roy, K Rajen Singh, Sanjiv Boro, Sanjiva Rongpi and Paragdhar Konwar.
In the programme, Chief Minister also formally handed over appointment letters to Archer Sanjay Boro and Boxer Jamuna Boro as Excise Inspectors under State Sports Policy of Assam.
In his brief speech, Governor Mukhi while greeting Arjun Bhogeswar Barua on his birthday, requested him to continue his role for mentoring sports persons and popularizing sports in the state. He said that it would be a fitting tribute to Arjun Bhogeswar Barua if the youth of the state take a pledge to work hard with utmost discipline and dedication to ignite the fire in them and excel in sports.
The Governor said, “Sports are vital for the overall development of a nation. It guides the youth away from negativity by bringing out the best in their physical and mental goodness and fueling their passion for excellence”. Chief Minister Sarma in his speech said that in order to promote suitable sports ecosystem in the State, State Government will reserve a certain percentage of State Government jobs for sportspersons under modified State Sports Policy. While sports pension would be awarded to only players from this year, sports organisers would be awarded separately,’ he said.
Chief Minister also announced said that a new international standard stadium will be built in the erstwhile Chandrapur Thermal Power Plant premises and Rs. 100 crore has been already earmarked during this financial year itself for this purpose.
He also said that non-profit state level sports academies would be provided financial grant from the government.
Announcing that district stadiums would be built in 10 districts, with an expenditure of Rs 50 crore per stadium, the Chief Minister said for the first time in Assam Rs 1000 crore budget provision has been kept for sports infrastructure development.
The Chief Minister also appreciated the effort of sports organizer Balendra Mohan Chakraborty for organizing Abhiruchi Sports Day for the last 38 years. Each year September 3, the birthday of Bhogeswar Barua, is celebrated as Abhiruchi Sports Day. Today also several functions were held in the city to mark the occasion.
IMAGE CAPTION: World Championship medal winning boxer Jamuna Boro receiving appointment letter from Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati on Friday.