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Correspondent: Kohima, 10 Jul 2008
Published on 11 Jul. 2008 12:55 AM IST
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The state government has urged upon the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) to take up creation of sports infrastructure in Nagaland.
This was revealed by a senior government official closely associated with the State’s Sports department.  “Since our state revenue is meager as compared with other states, we submitted proposal to the ministry of sports asking them to built sports infrastructure”, the official said. “In other states, corporate (s) come forward to help sportspersons, both in kind and cash even built sports infrastructure, however in our state it is totally different”, he rued.
The official also disclosed that the State government had submitted a proposal to the Sports Ministry asking for a separate SAI for the state of Nagaland.  “At present Sports Authority of India (Dimapur) come under the control of SAI Imphal and there are some technical difficulties functioning under SAI Imphal”, he informed and hoped that the MYAS would take into consideration Nagaland’s request. 
The State government has also urged the MYAS to allow the Indira Gandhi Stadium (IGS), Kohima to host and conduct coaching and training, stating that the stadium was located on a “high altitude” which would be feasible for holding sporting activities. “We even are asking the ministry to declare IGS as a “Training center” for high attitude games.
It may be mentioned that IGS is located at over 1400 meters above sea-level. “Preparing for high altitude meet, for example, if Indian cricket team is to play against Nepal in Nepal, we cannot hold our conditioning camp in Bangalore”, he pointed out and stated that IGS could be an ideal ground for holding the conditioning camp. The official disclosed.
He further said the Centre had so far failed to provide synthetic track in Indira Gandhi Stadium as demanded by the State.
It was learnt that the above proposals were submitted to the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, during the conference of the State Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports.  The state was represented by parliamentary secretary, Youth and Sports Affairs (YAS) K Naiba Konyak and secretary YAS, KT Sukhalu during the one-day conference.
On Wednesday, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Dr. MS Gill urged the States to make concerted efforts to provide basic infrastructure at Panchayat level and has assured all possible Centre’s financial support for this purpose.
Inaugurating the conference of the State Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports at New Delhi, Dr. Gill emphasised for promotion of sports at grassroot level as universalisation of sports cannot be achieved without adequate thrust on development of sports at Panchayat level.
He said that Government had already decided to provide one time seed capital to each panchayat and asked the States to send proposals to avail the benefits of the centrally sponsored scheme.
The Minister also apprised the participants about the various initiatives taken by the Central Government recently which include enhancing the pension and other incentives for outstanding sports person.
The participants deliberated on issues relating to promotion of sports activities and development of youth, which included the Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA), use of sport infrastructure, role of Sports Authority of India and draft schemes for promotion of sports and games in schools, colleges and universities, sports and games for disabled and National Physical Fitness Programme (NPFP). The major issues relating to Youth Affairs deliberated upon were the review of Youth Hostel Scheme, National Service Scheme (NSS), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and launching of scheme of - National Programme for youth and Adolescent development (NPYAD).

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