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Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore looks to cut 50% of SAI jobs 

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has the vision to improve the sports infrastructure in India.

News 07 Nov 2017, 17:15 IST

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

What’s The Story?

The Government of India has decided to cut the number of jobs in Sports Authority of India (SAI) into half, to bring in more professionalism and accountability.

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore plans to execute these plans by the year 2022, according to sources. He feels that sports bodies like SAI, and National Sports Federation do not need so many people as the professionals will support these sports bodies and the remaining employees will be capable enough to handle the work.

The context

In the month of October, Rathore tweeted that the word ‘authority’ does not fit in sports. He further added that Indian sports should not suffer from ‘red tape’ anymore.

He is said to believe that the bureaucrats should not be running sports in the country. The implementation of the much-delayed Sports Code is also said to be high on his priority list.

The heart of the matter:

The Sports Minister wants to provide the facilities to the athletes across the country. He feels athletes deserve the respect and convenience at all times. Rathore wants to bring in athletes to the centre of every matter and for that, he wants to redesign the entire model.

Rathore, who was named sports minister in the September 3 cabinet reshuffle, had announced the 'Khelo India' initiative soon after taking charge of his new office.

What’s next?

Rathore, who had won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics for India, wants to develop the infrastructure of sports in the country, and also looks to control the doping problem. His ministry has already started work on a plan to offer stadiums and other infrastructure to private parties. 

Author’s Take:

When a sports personality becomes sports minister, better things are bound to happen. Rathore knows the condition of Indian sports very well, and he is all set to fill the gaps that are much needed. If things are directed properly then India will not lag far behind in the Olympics and other games. 

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