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‘Stakeholders’ accuse each other of corruption in the name of developing football in J&K ‘Khelo India’ program is rife with corruption

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The J&K Football Association’s stakeholders today said that the Khelo India program for football in J&K is rife with corruption. Also, they lost the funds meant to advance football. And they transferred the money to the personal accounts of former JKFA executives and other well-wishers, though.

The three individuals identified themselves as Bilal Ahmad Mir, Mushtaq Ahmad, and Zahoor Ahmad Mir. Addressing a press conference however they spoke about “scandals”. Also involving the Mufti Memorial Football Tournament worth Rs 2.40 crore. Also the Baby League Events worth Rs 27.50 lakh, and Khelo India Football Program scams worth Rs 63 lakh.

They claimed that there is widespread corruption in sports issues in the UT. While applauding ACB’s efforts to investigate the Biryani Scam in the Mufti Memorial Football Tournament case. However, it was totaled to be Rs 2.40 crore.

“The people are fully aware of the former office bearers of JKFA being involved in various fraudulent operations. The Mufti Memorial Tournament, which was intended to be a platform to promote football in the UT. It was instead utilised as a vehicle for misappropriation of cash. Millions of rupees were syphoned off from the event. And the organisers stole the money meant to promote football in J&K,”

they said.

On Corruption

They claimed that the Football under the Khelo India programme and the Baby League Event were “scams,”. It caused a tremendous cost to the exchequer. Moreover, depriving potential young players from the UT of the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities on a national scale. Despite the participation of high-profile persons in the scheme, they did not do justice properly. And the perpetrators are still at large.

They said that there is proof that the program in Kashmir was corrupt. And they inappropriately used that funds designated for football development. They moved it into the personal accounts of ex-JKFA executives and their well-wishers.

“The ACB has already received proof of the scheme. Football corruption has harmed the game and deterred brilliant players from pursuing their aspirations,”

they continued.

The stakeholders encouraged the government to take prompt action against those implicated in the schemes. And also to ensure that they serve justice. As well as to take immediate steps to guarantee transparency and accountability in J&K football.

The joint news conference of stakeholders are however from South Kashmir, North Kashmir, and Central Kashmir. According to them, it is a big step forward in the battle against corruption in J&K football matters.

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