SunstarTV Bureau: Mizoram has become the first state in India to declare sports as an industry, said Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai on Tuesday.
Amid the development of sports infrastructure in the state, the Union Minority Affairs Ministry has approved projects worth Rs 22,873 lakh under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram’ scheme for establishing residential sports schools in five districts as well as the construction of community service centres in four locations.
While addressing the Republic Day gathering at the Assam Rifles ground in Aizawl, Pillai said the laying of artificial football turf at Chawngte and Hachhek and construction of district sports complex at Mamit district would also be taken up.
Under the ‘Khelo India’ scheme, Rs 15.50 core was sanctioned by the Union Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry for laying artificial football turfs at Armed Veng, Muallungthu and Lengpui as well as Rs 5.5 core for construction of a hockey ground at Muallungthu, the Governor added.