Youth in decision-making: JK Sports council comes up with innovative idea of participatory policy

 KL News Network

Srinagar

J&K Sports Council has kick-started a massive public survey as a part of its endeavour to introduce transparency into sports policy framing.

“In order to bring transparency and involvement of Youth in decision making, we sought the public submissions and proposals through a survey for better participation of all quarters,” said Molvi Imran Ansari, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports.

In an unprecedented bid, the council is starting a sports survey in J&K with around 35000 participants. Each participant will answer an exhaustive questionnaire that requires participants to mark their responses to categories like their affiliation with sport, their age group, gender and their expectations and suggestions for development of sport. The responses, once collected, will be incorporated in the new sports policy in the pipeline.

“We will be reaching to almost 35000 participants, who will share their ideas, suggestions and expectations, so that we come to know where we do need more,” a Sports Council official said.

The endeavour is to forge a public-government partnership that will aid production of quality sportspersons from the state. The survey will ensure that voice’s of relevant stakeholders don’t get sidelined by bureaucratic rigmaroles and administrative apathy. Rather, the responses will help in the identification of crucial bottlenecks and fault lines that impede development of sport. The draft sports policy framed by the council is already on their website and open to public correction. The council has advertised a prize money of 1 lac for the best revision adjudicated by a panel of experts.

“The draft policy is on council’s website too and we have announced a cash prize for the best revision that will be adjudicated by a panel of experts,” Sports Council official added.

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