Imphal: Chief minister N. Biren Singh on Saturday inaugurated an artificial football turf at Langjing Achouba, Imphal West and also handed over the football turf to the department of youth affairs and sports.
The football turf was constructed by the water resources department with a cost of Rs 10 crores.
Biren said development in the field of sports and games is one of the ways to make youths of the state healthy and disciplined. Adding that motivating youths to play games and sports by providing proper playgrounds would be much helpful in making our society a drug addiction free, he stressed on the needs of preserving playgrounds.
State government had much concern about the development of sports sector and was working out to give grants to local sport clubs to ease a little of the financial constraint they faced to maintain the clubs. A cash incentives of Rs 50 lakhs each had been awarded to NEROCA and TRAU earlier for participating in I-League. The government is planning to hand over cash incentive of same amount to KRYPHSA Football Club, the chief minister said.
The state government had identified places in 16 districts of the state to construct hockey grounds. The government would try to construct gallery and changing room for the new football turf inaugurated he added.
Youth affairs and sports and water resources minister Latpao Haokip informed the gathering that the state government had made a proposal to the centre for construction of mini stadiums in 32 sub divisions of the state. Of which four each at Valley Districts and Hill Districts had been selected and foundation stones for the same would be laid soon, he added.
He lauded players of the state for acquiring a place in the map of games and sports. He also stated that a proper playground is necessary in every village to garner the talent of our youths and urged the people of the state to maintain sanctity of sports and not to bring in politics in the sector.