Punjab Higher Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer on Friday urged private educational institutes to work with government shoulder to shoulder to revive sports environment in the state.Presiding over an athletic meet of local Planet E School, the Cabinet Minister said that AAP government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was giving topmost priority to promote sports among the youth.
He said that private institutes must come forward and join hand with government to ensure budding sportspersons can get better infrastructure, equipment etc.He was also accompanied by Khanna MLA Tarunpreet Singh Sond and Samrala MLA Jagtar Singh Dyalpura.
He said that Punjab government had also launched Olympian Balbir Singh Senior Scholarship Scheme to provide monthly stipend medal winners were being given Rs 8,000 per month for one year along with diet money.Meet Hayer pointed out that as many as 3 lakh players competed in recently held Khedan Watan Punjab Diyan and prize money of crores was instantly transferred into the bank accounts of thousands of players.
He said that these efforts would definitely bring positive results in building a sports environment in Punjab's every nook and corner.He also exhorted sportspersons to work hard to make Punjab number one state in the sports. The Minister said that the state government was formulating a policy to given priority to the medal winners for jobs in Punjab.Earlier on arriving in Khanna, Hayer was given guard of honour by Khanna police.