Kichpora Kangan: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur laid foundation stone of ZPEO and Zonal Play Field to be constructed at an expenditure of Rs 1.14 crore and inaugurated PMGSY road at Kichpora Kangan.

Addressing the gathering on this occasion, the Minister maintained here today that there was no dearth of talent in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir but the need is to channelize that talent. The youth of J&K need facilities and Central Government will ensure all the facilities making sure that talent flourishes in the region, he added.

He maintained that the Union Government is committed to further strengthen the existing sports infrastructure and facilities for the UT so that more and more youth join sports and represent J&K at various levels.

For this the Central Government has earmarked an amount of Rs 200 crore under PM Development Plan for the development of playfields and indoor stadiums, he said. He further said that in addition to it Rs 33 crore are approved for preparing synthetic turfs, hockey and football grounds In J&K.

He also urge the gathering to join the country wide month long "Clean India Mission" starting on October 01, this year.

Welcoming the Minister, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Ahmad Khan lauded the efforts of the  Government for organising such mega outreach programme to the UT of J&K. and hoped that the visit of Union minister will give impetus to the sports activities of the region.

Later, the Minister after distributing certificates, mementos and sports kits among the students urged them to actively participate in sports activities and asked them to bring laurels to the J&K by proving their mettle in national and international events.