STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar on Wednesday sought an affidavit from central government regarding issues raised by this court over lack of sports infrastructure and facilities. The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed to highlight deficiency of sports facilities in the State. During the course of hearing, DB observed that status report has been filed on behalf of respondent viz Union of India through Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports dated September 16, 2019 wherein the aforesaid respondent has largely denied the responsibilities for facilitating development of sports in the State. The DB observed that in status report at Para 2 III, a reference is made to a special package for J&K approved and announced on November 7, 2015. “In Para 2 III b (ii) (Page 286) a reference is made to release of Rs 14.30 crore by sanction order dated July 16, 2018”, the court observed adding that the several issues noted by the court in its orders have not even been referred to. “The lack of facilities noted by us as also the responsibility to ensure that all sports disciplines are properly developed in the State deserves more serious attention. The responsibility of the Centre cannot be denied in this manner”, the court maintained. Upon this, the DB directed that the matter be placed at the highest level in the concerned Ministry. “Let an affidavit with regard to the issue flagged up by the court in its several orders hereinbefore be filed by the Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. Before filing the affidavit, the same shall be placed before the Minister concerned”, the court held. Subsequently, Shah Aamir, AAG sought time to file status report on behalf of the Department of Youth Services and Sports Council. “Let the same be done before the next date. Certain areas, say for instance, possibility of creating specially of dedicated water sports and winter sports in the State is not even begun”, the court observed.
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