Mizoram cabinet grants industry status to sports

    Aizawl, May 22 (PTI) To give a boost to the sports
sector in the state, the Mizoram Cabinet on Friday granted
industry status to sports.
    Speaking to PTI after the cabinet meeting, state
Sports minister Robert Romawia Royte said the cabinet has
cleared the proposal of the Sports and Youth Service
department to grant sports an industry status.
    He said it was a significant move to take forwards the
segment in a more systematic and sustainable manner.
    He hailed the decision as "historic" and
"unprecedented" development in the history of Mizoram, which
will usher in rapid as well as large scale development in
various fields of sports.
    "This is a clear show of the states commitment
towards holistic development of sports. We hope to attract
more private companies to invest in sporting activities as
Mizoram has evolved conducive sports eco-system," Royte said.
    He claimed that Mizoram was the first state to grant
industry status to sports.
    He said that the Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and other big industrial bodies
have been demanding industry status to sports since a long
    Royte, who also holds Tourism portfolio, said that the
state government had last year recognised tourism as an
industry so as to include investors in the field.
    According to an official, the meeting of the council
of ministers chaired by chief minister Zoramthanga also
approved the "proposal on economy measures to be adopted by
the government of Mizoram in the wake of COVID-19," which
focuses mainly on austerity measure to fight back economic
slowdown caused by the outbreak of novel coronavirus.
    Among others, the cabinet also approved "Draft Mizoram
government employees (Counting of Past Service) Rules, 2020,"
"Mizoram Goods & Services Tax (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020" and
"Proposal for allotment of land for construction of Mizoram
Upa Pawl (MUP) at Khawzawl by carving out an area from land
allotted to the power and electricity department," he said.

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