In the series of unprecedented initiatives taken by Madhya Pradesh government for promoting sports sector, a cabinet meeting chaired by Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan today decided to declare Malkhamb as State Sport. It was also decided to start a new scheme called Mission Olympics-2020 for special coaching to state’s players selected to represent the country in Olympics-2020
Malkhamb is the most ancient sport of India, which is recognised by the Union Government. Its technique is traditional and many sports techniques have been derived from it. Malkhamb players are capable to excel in any game. This is only sport which ensures exercise of every part of body in minimum time. Malkhamb players can specially excel in wrestling, gymnastics, pole vault and other sports. Decision to declare Malkhamb as State Sport has been taken in view of all these factors.
Mission Olympic-2020 scheme
The cabinet approved scheme called Mission Olympics-2020 to coach state’s players selected to represent the country in Olympics-2020. The scheme was announced by Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Yuva Panchayat on January 16, 2013. Martial arts, water sports and shooting have been selected for the Olympics. Under scheme, talented players selected at minimum 9 years of age will be coached. Services of players of international repute will be availed for each sport. Final selection of 4 male and 4 female players will be made in every sport (6 players each for shooting). Total 76 players will be imparted coaching. The selected players will be trained for two months a year during anyone of the two years of training in selected foreign coaching institutions. They will also be sent to selected coaching institutions in the country for one month for high-level coaching.
New posts of fitness trainer, psychologist, physiotherapist and massager have also been sanctioned. Rs. 28 crore 87 lakh is estimated to be spent on the scheme during 12th Five-Year Plan (year 2013-14 to 2016-17).
On the recommendations of Project Training Committee, the cabinet decided to continue 6 schemes of Sports & Youth Welfare Department during 12th Five-Year Plan also. These include sportspersons’ promotion, grants to youth talents, stadium and sports infrastructure, establishment of sports academies, running of sports academies and Panchayat Yuva Sports Campaign-PYYKA. A sum of Rs. 488 crore 20 is estimated to be spent on the schemes.
Financial advisors for 10 departments
The cabinet decided to introduce financial advisor system at the government level in 10 departments. For this system, 10 posts of Additional Secretary level financial advisors will be created in Mantralaya. These posts will be filled up by availing services of officers of the rank of Madhya Pradesh Finance Service officers or Additional Secretary rank of officers of All-India Services on deputation. These departments are Urban Administration & Development, School Education, Rural Development, Public Health & Family Welfare, Women & Child Development, Forest, Home, Water Resources, Public Works and Energy departments.
MoU with IFC endorsed
The cabinet endorsed an MoU signed between International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the State Government on March 11, 2013. Corporation is an institution of the International World Bank Group, which has offered technical and financial cooperation to the State Government for developing projects under PPP mode.
The IFC has presented proposal of joint programme worth $ 1.50 million of which $ 0.75 million will be spent by it and remaining $ 0.75 million by the State Government. The MoU was signed between IFC and the State Government on March 11, 2013. A Programme Steering Committee headed by the Principal Secretary Finance will be constituted for running the programme. A meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary will review progress of the programme annually.
The cabinet sanctioned Rs. 83 crore 50 lakh to continue Mineral Resources Development Department’s “Minerals Survey and Mapping Scheme” in the 12th Five-Year Plan also. Through the scheme, work of mining concessions pertaining to mine administration, revenue fixation and collection is carried out.
The cabinet decided to increase the number of deputation posts of Chief Engineers in the Public Works Department from 3 to 7.
The cabinet accorded sanction for construction of Vikas Bhavan-cum-e Governance Centre to house offices of Development Commissioner, Panchayat Raj Commissioner, State Employment Guarantee Council Commissioner, CEP Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation, Director DPIP, Director NRLM, Director Rural Employment, Director Rajiv Gandhi Watershed Mission, Director MDM, Director TMC, Chief Engineer Rural Engineering Service etc. under the Panchayats & Rural Development Department in the same building. For this, Rs. 53 crore 38 lakh has been sanctioned.