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Babus Can Go Skiing, Rock Climbing at Centre's Expense

Published: 06th December 2015 05:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th December 2015 05:49 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Central government employees can now go skiing in the sylvan surroundings of Gulmarg or rock climbing in Manali, all while enjoying a special casual leave granted by the government which will also bear the expenses for their outing.      

To foster the spirit of risk-taking and team work, the Modi government has asked the 50 lakh central government employees to participate in adventure sports.     

The measure was also aimed at tackling "the alarming situation of stress and impact of sedentary life" on them.

"It would create and foster spirit of risk taking, cooperative team work, capacity of readiness and vital response to challenging situations and endurance," an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.     

As per the scheme, the DoPT will sponsor programmes for five to seven days by six institutes--including Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir, National Institute of Water Sports, Vasco da Gama, Goa and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi--for this purpose.      

The activities under the programme will include trekking, mountaineering, rock-climbing, cycling in a difficult terrain, skiing, surfing, boat sailing, snorkeling, rafting, parasailing, ballooning, paragliding, jungle safari, desert safari, beach trekking and environmental awareness camps.      

An expense of upto Rs 20,000 will be reimbursed by the government, besides grant of special casual leave to the employees to help them participate in these activities, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training on Friday said.     

Financial assistance of 100 per cent of programme fee would be provided in a calendar year to two officials of each ministry or department who have been awarded for excellence in service and nominated for the programme.  



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