Mr. Modi said, where the youth will go, India will also move, and the world is going to follow India. He highlighted that in the last few years, his government has given top priority to the Indian players to get four tools – resources, modern facilities for training, international exposure and transparency in selection. The Prime Minister stressed that for sports in the country to thrive, it is necessary that the youth should have faith in sports and should be encouraged to take up sports as a profession. He said, this is his resolve and his dream too, that the youth sees sports like other professions. Mr Modi noted that the government-linked sports with employment.
He said, Schemes like Target Olympics Podium TOPS are providing all support to top sportspersons to compete at the highest level. The Prime Minister said, Khelo India Abhiyan is talent very early and all support being given to groom them for international level. He said, India’s recent performance in Olympics and Para-Olympics is a proof of a new India’s rise in the field of sports. Mr Modi said, with the advent of sporting infrastructure in villages and small towns, there are a rising number of sportspersons from these towns.
The Prime Minister said in the new National Education Policy, priority has been given to sports. He said, Sports have now been kept in the same category as science, commerce or other studies. Mr. Modi said, earlier sports were considered as extracurricular activities, but now sports schools will have it as a proper subject. The Prime Minister said that the sporting eco-system comprising sports, sports management, sports writing, sports psychology etc, creates new possibilities. He added that with resources, a sporting culture takes shape and Sports University will play a big role in this.
Mr Modi remembered Major Dhyan Chand who was active in Meerut. He said, a few months back, the central government had named the country’s biggest sports award after the sporting icon. The Prime Minister said, the Sports University of Meerut has been dedicated to Major Dhyan Chand today.
Talking about the sporting culture of Meerut, Mr Modi pointed out that the city exports sporting goods to more than 100 countries. He said, this way, Meerut is not only vocal for local but also turning local into global.
Mr Modi said, the people from the region, have sacrificed on the border for the defense of the nation and enhanced the country’s prestige in the playground. The Prime Minister said, In Indian history, Meerut has not just been a city but a significant center of culture and strength.
The Prime Minister remembered the insecurity and lawlessness of earlier times and lauded that now the Yogi government is imposing fear of law among criminals. Mr Modi said, this change has brought confidence among the daughters of bringing laurels for the entire country.
The Prime Minister mentioned that the double-engine government in Uttar Pradesh is establishing many universities. He listed Mahayogi Guru Gorakhnath Ayush University in Gorakhpur, Dr Rajendra Prasad Law University in Prayagraj, State Institute of Forensic Sciences in Lucknow, Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh, Maa Shakumbari University in Saharanpur and Major Dhyan Chand University in Meerut. He said, the goal of the Government is clear. Mr Modi said, the Youth should not only become role models but also recognize their role models.
The Prime Minister informed that under the Swamitiva scheme more than 23 lakh titles or Gharauni have been given in 75 districts. He said, Farmers of the state have received crores of rupees in their account under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Mr Modi said, farmers of the state have also benefited by the record payment to the sugarcane farmers. He said, 12 thousand crore rupees worth of ethanol have been purchased from Uttar Pradesh.
The Prime Minister remarked that the role of governments is like that of a guardian. He said, the government should encourage those with merit and should not try to justify mistakes as follies of youth. Mr Modi congratulated the current Uttar Pradesh government for creating a record number of Government jobs for the youth. He said, thousands of youth who got training from ITI have been given employment in big companies. The Prime Minister said, Meerut is also becoming the hub of connectivity by Ganga expressway, Regional Rapid Rail Transit System and Metro