PUNE: In order to encourage police personnel to take up sports, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced a three-fold hike in the police sports fund and approval of a synthetic track for them. The sports fund has been increased from Rs 1 crore to Rs 3 crore.
Fadnavis was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the 66th All India Police Wrestling Cluster Championship 2017 organised at the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) campus in Wanawadi. Earlier, Director General of Police Satish Mathur had requested for increase in funds citing it inadequate for a two lakh personnel strong force.
Ace shooter Anjali Bhagwat, wrestling champion Yogeshwar Dutt, Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla, Additional DGP Pradnya Sarvade, Special IG Suresh Kumar, SRPF Commandant Group II Sarang Awad, Highway Police SP Amol Tambe and SRPF Commandant Group I Sunil Phulari were present.
Over 2,000 participants took part in the mega event under the aegis of All India Police Sport Control Board from October 27 to 31. A total of 35 teams from State police organisations and Central Paramilitary forces took part in the championship. Participants included 1,540 men and 501 women in wrestling, weight lifting, kabaddi and boxing. Officials said that 29 trophies and 400 medals were given away to winners.