Gangtok, March 4, 2019
Former India football captain and the working president of Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP)’s, Bhaichung Bhutia ensured full focus on sports to curb Sikkim’s high suicide rate among the youth.
While releasing the party’s manifesto, Bhaichung said, “Every child will have the right to sports and the government will provide sports infrastructure if HSP voted to power in the Himalayan state. Neither any state government in India nor the Union government has ever given any importance to the right to sports.”
The HSP which was launched in June 2018 will contest all 32 assembly seats and the lone Lok Sabha seat. He had contested 2014 Lok Sabha election from Darjeeling and 2016 assembly election from Siliguri in West Bengal on Trinamool Congress tickets.
Bhutia said that the Right to Sports Act would help address the issue of high suicide rate in the tiny Himalayan state. There will be special chapters on sports in the school curriculum, he announced.
He added, “Sikkim has one of the highest suicide rates in the country and the state government has miserably failed to combat it. We will revamp the education system and focus on inculcating positive habits among children by making sports compulsory.”
Bhutia also mentioned that Right to Sports Act, farmers’ loan waiver, free electricity to rural areas and CBI’s entry in Sikkim would figure prominently if the HSP comes to power.