He was speaking at the State Sports Awards ceremony held today on National Sports Day here at the Indoor Stadium.
The state government had consulted various sports' organisations and senior sports-persons before drafting the policy, he added.
Briefing about features of the new sports policy, the chief minister said, it has attractive provisions to encourage the local games being played in far-flung regions of tribal-dominated Bastar and Surguja districts and sports talents there.
Similarly, budding talents in various games will be identified right from village panchayats and school-colleges level to district and division level and they will be further provided with the training coupled with hostel accommodation facility, he added.
Besides, sports academies will be set up in the state and the award money in various games will also be increased manifold under the new policy, he said.
On the occasion, the chief minister felicitated 316 sports-persons with awards and citations. Of them, 241 were also given cash awards.
Meanwhile,international Basketball player Shiba Maggon who had came from New Delhi for the ceremony, was also felicitated by the CM.
Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai and state Sports and Youth Welfare minister Bhaiyyalal Rajwade were also present in the programme.
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