Chennai, Sept 19(BPNS)
Tamil Nadu government is taking steps to include the traditional martial art form of the state, “Silambam” under the 3% sports quota for admission to educational institutions as well as for reservation in jobs under the state Public service commission.
This was announced by the state minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development, Siva .V. Meyyanathan. In a statement on Sunday, the minister said that the Indian martial arts developed by the Tamil community,” Silambam” has been recognized by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, under the ‘Promotion of inclusiveness through sports initiative of the ‘Khelo India’ programme.
The Tamil Nadu government, according to the statement will be setting up a Silambam training centre at a cost of Rs 1.60 crore rupees.
The minister said that the state government had sought recognition from the Union government for “Silambam” following the directive of the Chief Minister, M.K.Stalin.
The state has also requested the Sports Development Authority of India to include Silambam in the list of tribal sports and take steps for its development.
It may be noted that several young girls have performed extremely well in Silambam competitions and the government initiative for 3% reservation in educational institutions and for jobs will be a major boost to these girls.