Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Vijaybhai Rupani today kicked-started the seventh edition of the longest sports festival of Gujarat – “Khel Mahakumbh” from the door-step of goddess Ambaji – Palanpur of Banaskantha. On the occasion he said that Khel Mahakumbh has become a majestic national sports festival.
CM Shri Rupani expressed his commitment to make Gujarat No. 1 in sports sector across the nation. In this regard he said that state government will always be ready with an objective to provide unique platform and prestige to sports sector in the state. This is a mass-awareness initiation to release qualities of sportsman spirit along with passion in our youth, he added.
He said that the then Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi has created an atmosphere of sportsmanship among the people of Gujarat in sports sector through Khel Mahakumbh and brought Gujarat at the 9th position from 28th across the nation. More than 40 lakh sports lover people such as children, teenagers and elders got registered in as many as 30 games. This event expresses the sentiments of people towards sportsmanship.
On the event of inauguration, CM Shri Rupani handed over various cheques of assistance from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 19 lakh to about 32 talented players under Shaktidoot Yojana. He also launched tourism mobile app which has been developed by the Banaskantha Administration.
CM Shri Rupani felicitated Chief Coach of Badminton India and Coach of Olympic medal winner P. V. Sindhu, Pullela Gopichand, Shooter Gagan Narang, the first Gujarati lady Chetnaben Rana for climbing Mt. Everest, Captain of Indian Kabaddi Team Anup Kumar, Captain of Kenya Kabaddi Team Mr. David and other Kenyan team players.
On the occasion, Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Industry Shri Haribhai Chaudhary, Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities Department Shri Rajendrabhai Trivedi, Labour and Employment Minister and Minister In-charge for Banaskantha District Shri Dilipkumar Thakor, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and Urban Development Department Shri Shankarbhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for Socially and Educationally Backward Class Welfare Department Shri Keshaji Chauhan, MP Shri Dilipbhai Pandya, Sports Secretary to Government of India Shri Rajiv Yadav, renowned dignitaries, Government officials, office-bearers, sports persons, youth and local people in huge number were remained present.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat