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Jul 15, 2020

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju calls upon all states and UTs to mobilise large number of volunteers to intensify India’s fight against COVID- 19

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju has called upon Ministers and senior officers in charge of Youth Affairs and Sports Departments from all states to mobilise a large number of volunteers to intensify India’s fight against COVID- 19, as well as to create awareness about Atmanirbhar Bharat. 

Mr Rijiju was holding a two-day video conference with all states and UTs to create a collaborative roadmap for sports and youth affairs-related issues.
Speaking about the need to enhance the pool of volunteers across the country, Mr Rijiju said, more than 60 lakh volunteers of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and National Service Scheme were engaged as frontline COVID warriors as they created awareness and assisted citizens during the pandemic. 

He said, during the conference, it has been decided by the Centre and all States that they will massively scale up the number of volunteers in the coming months. Mr Rijiju said, they have set a target of mobilising one crore plus volunteers under the Youth Ministry schemes.
During the conference, the Union Minister also spoke of the relevance of the Fit India Movement during Covid times since staying fit and building immunity are two key factors in defeating the virus. He urged all states to continue with Fit India activities online during Covid and include common people in fitness-related activities.
Reviewing the possibility of resumption of sporting activities in the states, Mr Rijiju said, the states will have to independently decide when they can start sports activities and training. He said, there are some states that have opened up their sporting facilities and started some sports training. He said, as the situation improves, we must attempt to bring on-field sport back.
Of the states and UTs which participated on the second Day of the conference, several have resumed sporting activities, while others are planning for it. Delhi, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Chandigarh and Goa have already resumed sporting activities with non-contact sports like table tennis, badminton, archery, shot put, javelin throw among others.

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