JAIRAMPUR, Feb 13: The 11-day Changlang District T20 Night Cricket Tournament-2012 has got off to a ceremonial start with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki beating a gong (a traditional instrument) in presence of a capacity crowd that also included State Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong and senior Minister Setong Sena, among others. The inaugural ceremony was marked with cultural programmes by youths and PT display by students.
“Give me some time, and then ask me what I did for my State. I will come back to tell you what I did,” announced the Chief Minister while inaugurating the 2nd edition of the T20 Night Cricket Tournament in this picturesque ADC HQs here today.
“This is a novel and appreciable initiative by the organizers to hold a night cricket tournament in a township far away from the State capital. I hope it would be as successful as the one held last year,” he said addressing a huge gathering of people including members of participating teams at the tournament venue.
A die-hard sports lover and also the president of Arunachal Cricket Association, Tuki said he was thankful to the tournament organizers for promoting the game in a remote and far off area.
Reiterating his govt’s focus area on promoting and developing sports, the Chief Minister said that a holistic State Sports Policy was on the anvil that would cater to the needs of sports infrastructure, activities and facilities besides rewards and recognition to meritorious sportspersons.
He pointed that his govt has already resolved to keep 10% of jobs reserved under the sports quota for recruitment in the State Police force, besides earmarking Rs 20 crore for creating sports infrastructure like outdoor and indoor stadiums across the length and breadth of the State.
He felt that sports can be a great messenger for peace and brotherhood while developing it into a lucrative industry. Reiterating his mantra that ‘peace begets development and development begets peace’ the Chief Minister called upon the youths to streamline their potentials. He said youths of today should not depend upon the govt for employment but create self-employment avenues and become employers themselves.
“I envision an Arunachal where no one will be unemployed and no one will run after employment…where there will be no employees but only employers!” he said.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by local leaders, the Chief Minister announced Rs 5 crore under NEC next year for construction of a stadium and another Rs 1 crore for construction of a convention hall at Jairampur.
To the demand for establishment of a polytechnic college at Jairampur and a nursing institute at Nampong, Tuki assured to take the matters under the PPP model next year while on creation of circle HQs at Rima-Putok, Renuk, Longtoi-Lingkok and EAC HQs at Manmao, he said the demands would be placed before the Cabinet in its next sitting for discussion and consideration.
Earlier, in his address, State Assembly Speaker Wangling Lowangdong advised the participating teams to maintain sportsmanship spirit throughout the tournament. “Winning or losing is secondary. What is to be remembered is that sports are the best medium to come together and spread the message of love and peace,” he said.
The 11-day mega event being sponsored by the GeoEnpro oil company is organized by the District Youth Congress with support from amazingarunachal.com and Namchik Valley Society for Eco-Tourism and Wildlife Conservation. In all, 15 teams are vying for the coveted trophy. They are Elite Eighteens, Kharsang Kiwis, Nampong Normans, Changlang Challengers, Changlang Chargers, Jairampur Jaguars, Jairampur Jacks, Namphai Nomads, Bordumsa Bravados, Manmao Matadors, GeoEnpro Giants, Itanagar Insignias, Diyun Destructors and Rima Rangers. (PRO)



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