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Mizoram government gives ‘industry’ status to sport; will help in generating employment

In a historical and unprecedented decision taken by the state Cabinet, sport is now an industry in Mizoram. This clearly shows the state’s commitment towards holistic development of sports.

To give a boost to the sports sector in the state, the Mizoram Cabinet has granted industry status to sports. “We hope to attract more private companies to invest in sporting activities as Mizoram has evolved conducive sports eco-system,” Sports minister Robert Romawia Royte said after the cabinet cleared the proposal of the Sports and Youth Service department.

The sports minister claimed that Mizoram was the first state to grant industry status to sport. This decision will help in creating more jobs for local youths.

The state has produced several footballers who are playing in big football clubs in the rest of the country. Royte’s own football club, Aizawl FC won the I-League football in 2017. It is quite for sometime that the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and a few other big industrial bodies have been demanding industry status.

Sports and its infrastructure will be eligible for availing of subsidy, loan and assistance from private and government sources. The benefits will be multi-faceted. Corporate and private firms will have interests in supporting sports,” Royte further added.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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