Odisha government on Friday said that the state will soon have sports policy of its own to promote sports activities.
This was stated by Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkant Behera while replying to questions in the Assembly.
Stating that the National Sports Policy is in force in the state, Mr. Behera said a draft on Odisha’s own sports policy has been prepared.
However, the Minister said the state has a policy to release special grant to various sports associations for conducting national and international championship in the state under the aegis of the concerned recognized national federation.
Replying to a question on the number of sports person in the state, the Minister said on such survey has been done in Odisha. Sports persons are being given identity cards under various categories.
He said sports persons, who have played at international sport events, have been provided jobs in various sectors. While sprint queen Dutee Chand got job in Odisha Mining Corporation, athlete Srabani Nanda was given job in Odisha Hydro Power Corporation.
A total of 96 sportsperson have been given jobs in Odisha Police, he informed assembly.