HC directs for sports facilities in State

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Mar 14: High Court today directed the Youth Services and Sports Department to prioritize the process of selection for Rehber-e-Khel posts as already sanctioned and remove all deficiency and lack of facilities in sports infrastructure and report the court in this regard.
Hearing a PIL on augmentation of sports infrastructure, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the Youth Services and Sports Department to prioritize the filling of 3000 posts of Rehber-e-Khel sanctioned for various districts of the State and remove all deficiencies as pointed out in the response.
In the status report filed by the Joint Director, Youth Services and Sports which submits that creation of 3000 posts of Rehbar-e-Khel vide Government Order dated 27.10.2017 and sanction stands accorded for engagements in District Budgam, Baramulla and Ganderbal.
The engagement orders are stated to be under process with regard to District Samba, Doda, Kupwara, Kulgam and Kargil. DB directed the process of these appointments and implementation thereof be positively completed on priority basis.
“The recruitment process to the position of Rehbar-i-Khel in all districts shall be completed within a period of two months, if not already completed before the next date of hearing. The respondents shall place a district wise status report before us regarding the appointments of Rehbar-i-Khel shall be considered by this Court”, court has already directed.
For removing the lack of facilities and poor infrastructure in the sports sector, court asked all the concerned parties to have a joint meeting in order to eradicate such problems so that the infrastructure be up-graded. For this court sought the time line from the authorities so that these insufficiencies be removed.
DB further directed for utilizing the water bodies for sports venues and in this connection Committee of Experts for Dal Lake which is going to meet again with two or three days has been asked to inform the court for creating sports activities in the lake.
Advocate Shah Amir for State, informed the court that in terms of order of March 12 he along with others visited the Bakshi Stadium and Indoor Stadium in Srinagar and the authorities were also present on visiting time and creation of infrastructure in both the stadiums is under way and also the funds are available with the department and assured the court that those funds will be utilized for up-gradation of infrastructure in sports activities.
Advocate Ateeb Kant who visited the stadium on March 13 submits that the stadium is devoid lighting system as also it has no crowd safety as entry and exits points cannot cope with large number of patrons. “It has no safety mechanism with regard to fire as only two fire extinguishers in place were non operational”, reads the response. It is further added in the response that training imparted in the indoor stadium is not in tune with the field of play and specification for sports infrastructure as per sports authority of India. Court directed the Youth Services and Sports department to examine the response and reply the same by next date.