The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Dr. Charandas Mahanta has said that it is necessary to promote sports activities along with education. He said that sports competitions organized at the local level are a good means of exposing the hidden talent in the villages. Dr. Mahant was addressing the concluding program of the cricket competition held at JMP College Sports Complex in Takhatpur of Bilaspur district in memory of late Thakur Balram Singh. He said that players of Chhattisgarh also have the ability to make the state proud at the international level.

Addressing the concluding occasion of the cricket competition, the Revenue and Disaster Management Minister of Chhattisgarh Government Shri Jai Singh Aggarwal said that it is necessary to encourage local level players. Certainly this event has boosted the morale of the players and in future these players will perform even better. It is worth mentioning that this competition started at Panchayat level from 15 January. 128 teams participated in it, out of which 122 panchayats and 6 urban areas were involved.