Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has ordered the establishment of a cabinet committee on sports and approved Rs 100 million for the committee.
He was presiding over a general body meeting of Sports Board Punjab here.
The cabinet committee will be authorised to take decisions for promotions of sports and ensure their implementation.
He also approved the recruitment of sports consultants and coaches at the district level and said all new recruitments should be made transparently and purely on merit.
The chief minister said the Punjab government was taking all-out measures for the promotion of extra-curricular activities in educational institutions, adding establishment of the cabinet committee on sports will help encourage new talent and it would take decision on its own and will not bound to send summary of its decision to the Chief Minister’s office.
He said a survey would be conducted across the province to review sports facilities and sports competitions will be organised at tehsil, district, division and provincial level under the Khadam-e-Punjab Talent Hunt Program.
He said sports funds allocated to local governments should be spent transparently and the secretary local government will ensure it. He said facilities will be given to chiefs of various sports committees.
Shehbaz Sharif said talented sports people would be given financial support in the form of monthly stipends from the sports endowment fund which had been increased to Rs 1.3 billion with the increase of Rs 1 billion. He said former sports stars of the country will also be given stipends from the endowment fund. He said survey should also be conducted to establish sports academies in nine divisions.
He ordered the implementation of sports quota for admission in education institutions and said show-cause notices will be issued to education institutions who will not act upon the sports quota.
Provincial Ministers Jehangir Khanzada, Syed Ali Raza Gillani, adviser Omar Saif, the chief secretary, the inspector general police, MNA Sheeza Fatima Khwaja, vice chairman Sports Board Punjab Hanif Abbasi, Olympian and hockey player Akhtar Rasool, former cricketer Intekhab Aalam, concerning secretaries and experts attended the meeting.