Sports Council asks Jammu coaches, players to ‘remain present’ during Rajnath Singh’s Srinagar visit on June 7 -
Sports Council asks Jammu coaches, players to ‘remain present’ during Rajnath Singh’s Srinagar visit on June 7
Posted 04 Jun 2018 04:41 PM

What could be the irony for sportspersons of the State that instead of being encouraged they are asked to be part of a high profile political function?
Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council has asked its coaches of various disciplines to remain present along with their trainees on June 7 in Kashmir in view of the visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
According to well placed sources in the State Sports Council, a verbal order has been passed on to the officers to intimate the coaches from all the districts of Jammu region to reach Srinagar with their trainees to participate in the function of the Union Home Minister on June 7.
“Though there is no written order circulated by the Sports Council but verbally, the coaches have been told to attend the function of the Union Home Minister at Srinagar on June 7,” sources told this correspondent, adding that they have also been asked to get their trainees along with them to Srinagar.
Singh is likely to be on three days visit to the State, beginning from Srinagar on June 7. On June 8 and 9, he will be in Jammu.
The decision has invited criticism not only from the sports fraternity but also from the parents of the players, who have refused to send their children to the Kashmir Valley.
“What a ridiculous decision it is? How can the Council be so non serious and what is fun in asking coaches and trainees to remain present during the visit of the VVIP,” a parent rued.
“There is no written order and who will be responsible for safety of children in the event of any mishap or eventuality,” another parent said at the M A Stadium.
She added that even as the players do not get TA/DA and other fee during their participations in the national level tournaments, who will be paying them for their visit to Kashmir and above all where they will be accommodated.
Sources also said that earlier the coaches were asked to reach Srinagar to attend a meeting in view of “pension scheme” implementation but the actual reason behind inviting them to Kashmir was contrary to that.
“We were told to inform the coaches about their presence in Srinagar on June 7,” one of the managers of the Sports Council told this correspondent on the condition of anonymity.
He said, “There is no written order but the orders have come from higher ups on telephone.”
Another parent while criticising the ‘diktat’ said, “Will a similar diktat be issued to coaches of the Kashmir Valley, asking them to remain present in Jammu with their trainees on June 8 and 9 as the Union Home Minister will be in Jammu on these days?”
Pertinent to mention here that similar verbal order was also issued in March this year, asking coaches to remain present at Dussehra Ground, Gandhi Nagar Jammu where the rally of Peoples Democratic Party’s Youth Wing was held.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is also the President of the State Sports Council and PDP State President, was chief guest on the occasion.
During the last Legislative Assembly session, a National Conference MLAs had also levelled allegations against the PDP Youth Wing President, who happens to be the Secretary, State Sports Council, of running PDP youth office from the office of the Council.

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