JKOA demands probe into ‘Khelo India’ bungling

Writes to PM, Sports Minister, SVO

Newspoint Bureau
JAMMU, April 26
Jammu and Kashmir Olympic Association (JKOA) today demanded a thorough probe into the allegations of large scale financial bungling into the ‘Khelo India’ programme initiated by the Government of India through autonomous sports body of J&K State Sports Council (JKSSC) in the state. Individuals, clubs, unrecognised sports associations, educational institutions and selected recognised sports bodies have been given ‘quite unjustified’ amount of funding thereby making Khelo India programme of the country a ‘Looto India’ event. “Individuals, little known clubs, unrecognised associations have been given funds worth lakhs without any justification in just concluded Khelo India programme by the J&K State Sports Council. Finding it little effective and a favour to favourites, the JKOA demands a thorough probe into the whole financial spending,” interacting with media, president of JKOA, Rangil Singh said.
Bothering little about the leadership in present coalition Government, senior leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Rangil Singh said, “The sports in Jammu has suffered the most during the present region of coalition set up. Since most of the sports activities take place in Jammu, no body bothers about extending needed infrastructure and financial assistance. The Secretary of the JKSSC is camping in Srinagar for the last two months while the Secretariat was in Jammu.”
The Association also wrote to the office of the Prime Minister, Union Sports Minister and State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) to look into the misappropriation of funds worth Rs six crores. “Besides demanding probe by the State Government, we have also written to the Prime Minister, Narindra Modi, Union Sports Minister, Vijay Goel and State Vigilance Organisation to look into the allegations of open looting by the State Sports Council. So, we expect a positive response from the higher level,” said general secretary of the JKOA, Dr Ashutosh Sharma. Giving instances of pick and choose in allotting funds, the JKOA secretary said, “The State Wushu Association has been given a whopping Rs 25 lakh for holding an open state level competition. Another unrecognised Taekwondo Association sanctioned Rs 15 lakh for a similar event. A private school in Kashmir has been given Rs 25 lakh for holding activities within the institution.”
A good number of representatives of the state sports associations were present in the media interaction and expressed their solidarity with the JKOA. They were from Volleyball Association of J&K, J&K Kho-Kho Association, J&K Judo Association, J&K Yoga Association, J&K Football Association, J&K Basketball Association, J&K Cycling Association, J&K Athletics Association.

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