Minister of Steel Chaudhary Birender Singh has released a Corporate Sports Policy for Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)under the Ministry of Steel. The policy is aimed at winning sizeable number of medals, especially Gold, in international sports tournaments.
“Sports are the mirror of a country’s strength. The strength does not lie only with the armed forces of a country but also with the sportspersons. They are the mirror of the economy and development of a country. So, we are looking towards making India samridh (prosperous), swasth (healthy) and mazboot (strong) by making significant and positive contribution in the arena of sports in India through this policy,” said the minister.
The ministry through the policy is aiming at providing finance and infrastructure to sports with recognised national governing bodies.
“CPSEs, especially those with plants are capital intensive and they can make positive impact on sports with their resources. These CPSEs are not just responsible towards their plants but are also responsible towards the society and the nation. These CPSEs will be as dedicated towards the policy as they are towards their plants,” the Minister added.
“We have decided to involve sports ministry so that the body gets affiliated to National Level Sports Associations, Indian Olympic Association and Para Olympic federation just as railway board, our armed forces and ONGC. The decision has also been taken so that the body in future gets equal voting rights as these organisations presently have.”
The CPSEs can also sponsor fully or partially various national and international sports events, he added
The Minister also highlighted the organizational structure of the policy. “Different CPSEs have been given different sports. NMDC has been given archery, shooting and water sports. Similarly SAIL was given football and athletics. MOIN was given badminton, hockey and water sports. MSTC was given tennis and kabaddi. Similar structure has been designed for other organisations also,” he said.
The policy has been drafted by consulting various sportspersons, coaches and staff of different CPSEs, he added.