Chief Minister, Shri Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the closing ceremony of ‘Shimla Rural Cricket Cup’ at Sunni in Shimla rural constituency along with his wife and former Member of Parliament, Pratibha Singh said sports were necessary to imbibe discipline and promoting fraternity amongst the youth.
We should not forget the true power and valuable lessons that sports can provide which include discipline, teamwork, sacrifice, sportsmanship and above all winning and losing graciously, he said adding that variety of sports activities bring a lot of positive opportunities for us. Facing challenges of sports teaches one to overcome the challenges of the life as well as survive in a competitive society.
He said that Shimla rural had witnessed massive development during last four and a half years of the present government regime. He said that much more needs to be done. Development is a continuous process and to ensure development of every Panchayat and every constituency was the responsibility of my government, he said.
He said that there was no limit of development and with every passing day we step into something new to be done.
He appreciated the endeavour of State Youth Congress President, Vikramaditya Singh for hosting such an event. He said that Vikramaditya was an elected leader and not nominated and we should believe in this type of democratic set up.
As many as 218 teams participated in the tournament playing 217 matches.
The Karyali team won the finals by defeating Jagriti Club, Dudhalti by one wicket.
The tournament was inaugurated by President, Youth Congress, Vikramaditya Singh on 2nd April this month. Continued for 29 days, as many as 2834 players participated in the ever biggest rural cricket tournament.
The Chief Minister also distributed prizes to the players and handed over the trophy along with a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000 to the winning team. Besides, he handed over the runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs 50,000 to the runner up team. He congratulated all the participating teams and said that it was not important to win or loose but most important was the participation. He even congratulated and thanked the media for highlighting the month long event.
A sum of Rs. 5000 as Man of the Match was presented to Lekh Raj of Karyali team and Man of the Tournament to Sahil of Jagriti club who was given a cash prize of Rs 10,000.
Chief Minister also distributed the standardized Best All Sports (BAS) cricket kits to the participating team.
CM also approved starting of post graduate classes in Hindi, English, Commerce and History In Government college , Sunni. Besides, he also agreed to start geography, Journalism, and Mass Communication subject at graduation level in Sunni college
President of State Youth Congress, Vikramaditya Singh, who is also President of Himachal Pradesh Sports,Cultural and Environment Association (HPSCEA) while addressing the occasion said that to promote the game, this was for the first time that such a mega tournament was held in which teams from all the panchayats of Shimla rural were given opportunity to participate. “In times to come, apart from cricket, we will plan to organise other sports competitions as football, hockey, kabaddi, etc” he said, adding that one of purpose of organising the sport event was to send a message to youth to refrain from drugs and they should devote their time in sports activities.
He said that within a month an employment training programme under ‘Kaushal Vikas Nigam’, would be organised besides sensitising the youth about self employment avenues. He said that to promote tourism and water sports activities a sum of rupees five crore had been sanctioned to create tourism centres at Sunni and Chewdi in Sunni. A Rozgar Mela would also be held soon at Sunni, he added.
Vikramaditya said that the tournament would be made an annual affair. He said that besides elected representatives , it becomes the responsibility of the youth to come forward to make every event a success. He said that despite inviting teams from outside, a decision was taken to organise the tournament comprising of local teams.
Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Horticulture office building at Sunni completed with an outlay of Rs 48 lakh and also laid the foundation stone of Balika Ashram, Sunni.
During his last visit to the constituency, the Chief Minister suddenly inspected the Balika Ashram and expressed concern of its dilapidated condition. He ordered for its renovation and for constructing additional building of the Balika Ashram with all basic amenities for the inmates.
Irrigation & Public Health and Horticulture Minister, Smt. Vidya Stokes, was the guest of honour.
Pradeep Sharma, President of the Shimla Rural Cricket Cup Tournament organising committee also welcomed the dignitaries present on the occasion.
Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, Nand Lal and Mansa Ram, MLAs Ajay Mahajan and Sanjay Rattan, former MLA, Sohan Lal, Vice-President, DCC, Kehar Singh Khachi, Chairperson, Zilla Parishad, Dharmila Harnot, Vice-Chairman HIMUDA & also President of HPSCEA, Shimla district, Yashwant Chajta, Chairman, Secretary HPCC, Pradeep VermaBCC, Chandershekhar, Women BCC President, Anita Sharma, President Nagar Panchayat Sunni, Shyama Devi, Member, BoD, HPTDC, Rupesh Kanwal, General secretary, State NGO Federation, Gopal Sharma, Chairmen and vice-chairmen of various boards and corporation were also present on the occasion amongst others.