NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Sunday said while Gujarat had done very well in industrialisation, it would need to do some catching-up in the health and education sectors.Mr. Kumar met Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and senior State officials here.“Gujarat’s achievements in education and health are not like those in other areas like industrialisation, infrastructure and energy…I talked about this with the State government,” he said, speaking to reporters after the meeting. He was happy to learn from the government that budgetary allocations for health and education had been increased for 2018-19.He was told that the State was planning “big success this year itself” in the health sector, and district collectors had been asked to pay special attention to child malnutrition and the maternal mortality ratio, Mr. Kumar said.
New Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) Two-time Asian Games medal-winning steeplechaser Sudha Singh and national wrestling coach Kuldeep Singh were Wednesday promoted by their employer — the Indian Railways — as part of a “liberalised” policy to encourage athletes and their mentors. The policy was first announced at the felicitation ceremony for this year’s Commonwealth Games medal winners under which athletes and coaches were promised out-of-turn promotions for medals won at the Commonwealth and the Asian Games. The athletes became eligible for such elevation if they represented the country in at least two Olympic Games. “Amongst the first beneficiary of the policy is Sh. Kuldeep Singh, the Chief Coach of Indian Women Wrestling Team whose orders for promotion to the Gazetted post of Assistant Commercial Manager have been issued in Northern Railway,” the Railways Sports Promotion Board said in a statement. Singh’s wards in Indian wrestling include Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik and Asian Games gold-medallist Vinesh Phogat among others. Both Malik and Phogat are also Railway employees. “Ms. Sudha Singh, double Olympian athlete of Indian Railways has also been granted promotion to officer grade in Indian Railways in terms of this new policy,” the Railways stated. Sudha won a silver at the Jakarta Asian Games this year, adding to a gold won in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou. The 32-year-old, who hails from Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, had been demanding a job in the state government’s sports department. “It is felt that such proactive steps would not only encourage the sportspersons and coaches to do better but will also go a long way in taking the Indian Sports to new high,” the RSPB statement read.advertisement One of the largest employers in Indian sports, the Railways lost top athletes like star boxer Vijender Singh due to its strict promotion policy in the past. The liberalised policy provides for out of turn promotion to coaches in officer grade whose wards win medals at the Olympics, Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games. PTI PM PDSPDS