CM assents to establish sports endowment fund for promotion of sports

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Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi made a big decision for the promotion of sports in the province by stating that Punjab government has decided to set up a Sports Endowment Fund worth rupees two billion.

CM highlighted that sports activities would be promoted in the province with the establishment of Sports Endowment Fund and players would be sent abroad for getting training.CM disclosed that international coaches will also be called to Pakistan to impart training to local players adding that sports scholarships will be disbursed to players from the Sports Endowment Fund.

CM apprised that players not only of Punjab but of other provinces will also be sent abroad for training and training will be imparted to the players in athletics, wrestling, boxing, hockey, football, volleyball, badminton, basketball, tent-pegging and other sports.

CM informed that sports arena facility will be provided for players in the province and Sports Endowment Fund will be spent for the welfare of players. CM maintained that our players have immense talent and in order to further polish their talent there is an essential need for providing them training from the international coaches.

Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi presided over a high-level meeting in which the Chief Secretary briefed him about the salient features of Sports Endowment Fund. Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti, Additional Chief Secretary Capt (Retd) Asad Ullah Khan and DGPR Rao Parvez Akhtar attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has rejected the resignation of PTI leader and Food Minister Hasnain Bahadur Dreshak.

In a statement, Parvez Elahi said that Dreshak would continue to perform his responsibilities as provincial minister.

He praised the PTI lawmaker as a competent minister of his cabinet, saying he was running his ministry in a better way. “Sardar Hasnain Bahadar Dreshak is like Moonis Elahi for me,” he said.

The development comes after the PTI announced that Elahi, who was reinstated by the Lahore High Court on Friday, would obtain a vote of confidence from the assembly before Jan 11.

Last week, Dreshak resigned from the post after a heated exchange with the chief minister.

The heated discussion in the last cabinet meeting resulted in tendering of resignation by Dreshak as he was not even allowed to record his note of dissent over the issue.