Striking a sporting note, Uttar Pradesh Minister of Sports Mr. Ayodhya Prasad Pal today announced that the state government has decided to give Rs 10,000 monthly pension to sportspersons who had made their mark in the international sporting arena. As the chief guest, he announced this while inaugurating Sangathan 2011, the three-day intra-department sport festival organized by Amity University, Lucknow at the Mango Orchard campus. He announced that the state government was making concerted efforts to foster the spirit of sportsmanship and 55 districts had been identified to build stadia and promote sports. It is important to strike a balance between work and leisure, he stressed.
For starters, he took the salute of different Amity institutions during the march-past ceremony and later gave the first prize to Amity Business Schools. He was also witness to a ritzy cultural fare that dazzled the audience which held the audience in thrall. Thanking the chief guest director-general Maj General K.K. Ohri, AVSM (Retired) gave him a memento and presented him with a ceremonial shawl.
On the sporting front the first day witnessed the prized 100 meter dash, (boys & girls), football and Kabbadi. The high point of the day was the tug-of-war contest which evinced keen interest. As for the cultural presentation, the inspired song “Ek baag Hai Duniya” rendered by the tiny-tots of Amity International School was most appreciated. Director, Projects Mr. Naresh Chandra along with institution heads, senior officials, and faculty members were among those who were present on the occasion.