J&K Sports Council proposes to engage 500 coaches

Jammu: Aiming to give a boost to sports activities and strengthening manpower with professionals view of “shortage of coaches” in many disciplines in the department, Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council is eyeing to engage outstanding players serving in various government departments under SRO-349 (sports quota) for a period of four years once the matter settled by the court.
However, J&K Sports Council has also proposed engagement of 500 coaches in coming days, which is under the consideration of the government.
Speaking to UNI, Secretary J&K Sports Council, Dr Naseem Javaid Chowdhary revealed that in the recently held General Council meeting chaired by the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, it was decided that the outstanding players serving in various government departments under SRO-349, will be engaged in the Sports Council.
“We are of opinion to avail the services of outstanding players serving in different government run bodies and the decision to this has been taken in the General Council Meeting,” Dr Chowdhary said.
Relevant to mention that SRO-349 makes an outstanding player to get a government job under sports quota.
It is learnt that most of the outstanding sportspersons in the State are without Government jobs and the doors for their appointments under SRO-349 have almost been closed from 2014 onwards.
According to official sources, none of the sportspersons had been appointed under SRO-349 since 2014 over a dispute between the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council and the players on the issue of awarding points to the outstanding players.
“The controversial points system introduced by the Council forced some outstanding players to go to the Court for justice and the cases now are pending in the Court, serving as a death-knell for them,” they added.
However, the Secretary further revealed that these outstanding players will be engaged for a period of 4 years after they will get disassociate from their parent departments, adding, “execution takes time, but the process is in progress.”
He further said that nearly 50 to 60 such players from different disciplines, working in different government sectors, are identified.
Dr Chowdhary also revealed that in days to come, there will be no shortage of coaches adding, “we will not be having crisis of coaches because reorganization was also discussed in the General Council and it was finalized that newly constructed Indoor Stadium across the Union Territory will have three coaches each and by this process, 60 will get engaged.”
“The proposal is with the government,” he said, adding that the infrastructure in the recent past has increased manifold and to cater it, more coaches are required.
“We have also proposed the appointment of 500 coaches, which is also under consideration,” he added.
The Secretary further said, “we are targeting 100 centres with engagement of similar number of coaches and under Mega Khelo India, the Government of India will also appoint more coaches.”
Besides, he said that past champions from different fields will also be engaged, and added, “they will be given Rs 5 lakhs on an annual basis.”
“Once the judgment on SRO-349 and recruitment process is delivered, we will start making appointments and thereafter the outstanding players will come to our disposal,” he added.
Pertinent to mention here that taking a note over the alleged illegal and backdoor appointment made under the SRO-349 (Sports quota), the General Administration Department (GAD) had also constituted a three members committee to verify all the appointments made under sports quota in various Government Departments since 2000.