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LUCKNOW: The government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to appoint international sports medalists, including those who have won them at the Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, to 24 positions in nine state departments.
The state cabinet also agreed to hold the UP legislature session from May 23.
Briefing reporters here, UP Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said: “Sportspeople, who have a domicile in Uttar Pradesh and who have won medals in international sporting events, will be displayed on posts published out of 24 posts in nine departments.”
A committee under the direction of the chief secretary will select these sportsmen, said the minister.
This will help develop a sports culture in the state, he said.
The nine departments where these appointments will be made are rural development, secondary education, basic education, interior department, panchayati raj department, youth welfare department, transport department , the Forestry Department and the Revenue Department.”
Girish Chandra Yadav, Minister of State (independent charge) for Sports and Youth, described the milestone as “historic”.
“This will help promote the sport in the state and give sportspeople a boost. Paralympic Games medalists are also covered by the decision. A similar scheme is currently operational in other states of Rajasthan, Haryana , Punjab and Bihar,” he said.
Yadav said the decision will take into account athletes who have won medals by September 1, 2020 for the program.
The posts have been kept outside the scope of the Civil Service Commission by the Ministry of Personnel, the government said in a statement here.
Khanna also said that the session of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly will start on May 23 and its duration will be decided by the business advisory committee.
A total of 13 proposals were approved by the UP Cabinet.
Khanna told reporters that Ajay Kumar Mishra had been appointed as the new UP General Counsel.
Mishra began practicing at the High Court in Allahabad in 1981 and for the past 10 years has practiced at the Supreme Court.
In 1995, he became the state’s youngest additional general counsel.
The State Cabinet has also given its approval to the operation and management agreement signed with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the development, operation and management of small airports in Aligarh , Azamgarh, Shravasti, Chitrakoot and Muirpur (Sonbhadra).
“Under the MoU signed with AAI, we will give them Rs 7 crore per airport. The MoU is for 30 years,” Khanna said.
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