PM forms Mani-led task force for sports promotion
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered on Tuesday to constitute a Task Force on Sports, under PCB chairman Mr Ehsan Mani, to review the performance of all sports bodies, analyze the efficacy and utilization of various funds received from various sources and suggest administrative reforms for promoting sports at national as well as regional level.
The prime minister chaired a briefing on Inter-Provincial Coordination Ministry at Prime Minister’s Office where Secretary IPC Mr Jamil Ahmed briefed the Prime Minister about the functions of the Ministry and performance of various attached departments including Pakistan Sports Board, Pakistan Cricket Board, Inter Board Committee of Chairman, Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council, National Academy of Performing Arts, National Internship Program.
Minister IPC Dr Fehmida Mirza, Secretary IPC Mr Jamil Ahmed, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Mr Ehsan Mani and senior government officials were present during the meeting.
It was also decided that the government organizations dealing with sports would also be revamped and re-structured as they too have failed to achieve the purpose for which they were created
Discussing the budgetary allocations of the Ministry and various development schemes for promoting sports in the country, the Prime Minister was informed that various important schemes worth billions of rupees were left incomplete since 2008 with little progress on physical infrastructure. The Prime Minister directed that all pending schemes should be reviewed in order to ascertain their utility and reasons for their incompletion.
Discussing the performance of various sports federations and associations, it was decided to take on the plethora of sports federations/associations for non-performance resulting in a pathetic outlook of Pakistan sports despite getting funding from various national and international sources including federal and provincial governments and enjoying tenures for more than a decade.
The aim is to revamp the whole ambit of sports, from infrastructure to organizational structures and operating systems, for introducing merit, transparency and performance criteria so that Pakistan, a nation of over 200 million with 60% population below 30 years, could rule the sports world. The Prime Minister directed that as a first step enhancing sports grounds should be focused to provide an opportunity to the youth to manifest their talent and excel in sports.
Reviewing the progress of various youth-focused programs, it was informed that a liability of over 01 billion was pending in lieu of payment of stipend to the interns under the National Internship Program. The Prime Minister directed that initiatives such as the National Internship Program should be strengthened and greater opportunities should be created for the young graduated to gain practical training in various fields.
The Prime Minister was also briefed about the performance of National Paralympic Committee. He appreciated the progress made so far by the National Paralympic Committee.