Sports Reporter JAMMU: The serving and retired staff of the J&K State Sports Council (JKSSC) on Thursday endorsed the idea of Governor administration in the State to merge the two wings of sports in the State-Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS) and JKSSC– as one identity so as to give impetus to the otherwise ailing sports. “Bringing two separate identities of sports, DYSS and JKSSC under one umbrella would certainly give ailing sports a fillip in terms of opportunities and talent hunt at the grass-root level. While JKSSC is rich in infrastructure, the DYSS has strength in its manpower in the educational institutions spread over all nooks and corners of the State,” said former Divisional Sports Officer of the JKSSC, Rajan Sharma in an interaction with the media. Rajan was leading the serving and retired staff of the autonomous sports body of JKSSC under the banner of JKSSC Employees Welfare Association. A former Boxing coach and Manager of the MA Stadium, widely travelled as international referee, Rajan levelled serious allegation with regards to the functioning of the JKSSC. “The JKSSC lacked transparency in its working. Plagued by the corrupt practices in construction of poor quality infrastructure, back door appointments and undue benefits to certain individuals in violation of rules, the poor JKSSC even failed to provide its staff the security of pension,” Rajan rued. Pleading the case of those retired employees of the JKSSC from different posts, Rajan disclosed that with little financial resources, majority of the staff members have been forced to leave life in distress. “The lack of pension to the retired employees has made the life more painful and stressful. I’m hopeful that the merger will come as a major relief for those who are still in service and may get all the benefits of a Government service. So, we the JKSSC Employees Welfare Association request Advisor to Governor, K. Vijay Kumar to issue merger orders as soon as possible for the bright future of sports and sportspersons in J&K,” maintained Rajan. Besides others who were present include Salamat Ullah (retired Manager), Nazir Ahmed (retired SO) and Vishwamitar (retired Football coach).
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