As new Sports Ministser, Jitendra Singh to follow in Maken’s footsteps

first_imgNew sports minister Jitendra Singh, on his first day in office on Tuesday, stressed on increasing transparency and accountability in sports federations, saying he would like to carry forward “the remarkable job” done by his predecessor Ajay Maken.The 41-year-old politician from Alwar, Rajasthan, added that his aim would be to bring all the concerned parties together on a common platform regarding the implementation of the contentious National Sports Development Bill.”I have just taken over and it would take me some time to get my bearings. My predecessor Ajay Maken did a remarkable job during his stint and I want to carry that forward,” Jitendra said at a media interaction on Tuesday.”Regarding the implementation of the sports bill, I would like to talk to all the sports federations and take everyone on board. We need to work together. At the end of the day, sports and the sportspersons should be our focus.”I always feel that in any job, there should be transparency and accountability.That is important everywhere, be it government or any other organisation. But it will be premature for me to say anything right now.Let me have an interaction with all the stakeholders and try to take it forward.” When asked about his roadmap to capitalise on India’s creditable show at the London Olympics, Jitendra said having been a sportsperson himself made him aware of the problems faced by the fraternity.”I have been a national level shooter myself and am aware of their problems. I would like to get more details and for that I would speak to Ajay Maken. Basically, we need to have a focused plan to develop sports,” Jitendra, who was a trap shooter himself, said.He added that having been part of the home ministry for more than a year, he has realised that sports has a unique power to mobilise youth towards a positive lifestyle.”In a country where more than 50 per cent of the population is young, the ministry that I have been assigned has a very important role to play as it not only looks after sports but also youth affairs,” he said.advertisementlast_img

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