With the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath declared that certain posts would be reserved for sportspersons in all government departments of Uttar Pradesh and players would be appointed on these posts as per merit.
At a high-level meeting in Lucknow, Yogi said that the state government was making all efforts for the promotion of sports and sportspersons. “There are posts in various departments under the sports quota but due to the policies of the previous governments, qualified sports persons were not appointed to these posts. Due to this there is disappointment among the players and athletes of the state,” he said.
“Now, a positive atmosphere has been created in the state regarding sports. A sports university is being established in Meerut, and open gymnasiums and sports grounds are being built even in villages. In such a situation it is necessary that appointments should be made under sports quota in all departments,” Yogi added.
Referring to the police department, the chief minister said that Uttar Pradesh Police was one of the largest civil police forces in the world and it would be useful to take the services of talented players under sports quota and eligible sports persons should be appointed on suitable posts by creating sports quotas in the department.
“Similarly, appointments should be made on the vacant posts under sports quota in all other departments of the state as soon as possible. Instructions have been issued to prepare a new policy in this regard,” he said. The chief minister wished all 10 players of UP participating in the Tokyo Olympics the best of luck and urged them to come up with their best performance.
Earlier, he had interacted with these players and sought their suggestions for expansion of sports facilities in the state.
He again reiterated that all facilities required by the players would be provided to prepare them for competitions like Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympics.