STATE TIMES NEWS KATHUA: Governor Satya Pal Malik asserted that country is indebted towards sacrifices made by martyrs and significant role played by J&K Police for ensuring integrity and sovereignty of the nation besides maintaining peace and law & order. He was addressing a gathering during the closing ceremony of 8th Police Martyrs Memorial T-20 Cricket Championship here on Thursday. Referring to the welfare measures taken by the Governor’s administration, he said that welfare of the next-of-kins (NOKs) of the martyrs will always be the priority. He complimented the police for peaceful conduct of Panchayat and urban local body elections. Governor Malik also complimented Kathua Police and Shaheed Welfare Committee for their efforts in organising T-20 Cricket Championship. He also appreciated the people of Kathua for their support to this championship. Later, he distributed trophies and prizes among the winner and runner-up teams. The Governor also distributed gifts among the NOKs of martyrs. Director General of Police Dilbag Singh who was Guest of Honor said that J&K Police has been fighting terrorism and during the fight more than 1,600 police personnel of the force have attained martyrdom for the security and sovereignty of the nation. He said that with the support of the Central and State Governments, a number of welfare measures have been taken by the Governor’s administration. The DGP thanked the government for addressing all the issues of police personnel on priority. He said that enhancement in ex-gratia was a great effort to assist the families of police martyrs, and increase in remuneration of SPOs has gone a long way in boosting the morale of the SPOs. He hoped that other issues of the force will be addressed favourably.
Earlier, SP Kathua Sridhar Patil welcomed the guests and gave details of the tournament. Besides senior officers from Police and civil administration, a large gathering of public witnessed the final match and the closing ceremony.
Sixteen teams including four from the State and 12 from rest of North India participated in the championship. Final match was played between L.B Shastri Cricket Club Delhi and Haryana Cricket Academy Haryana. L.B Shastri Club lifted the championship and was awarded cash prize of Rs. 3.50 lakh. Runner-up team was given cash prize of Rs 2.50 lakh. Man of the series was given Alto Car and best batsman, best bowler and man of the match each were given motor bikes.
The championship has become annual feature of police sports calendar which provides a platform to the players particularly from Kathua to perform. Players, who have played IPL, also participated in the championship.
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