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Sachin Tendulkar to Make Debut Speech in Rajya Sabha Today

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 21, 2017, 11:05 AM IST
Sachin Tendulkar to Make Debut Speech in Rajya Sabha Today

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (Image courtesy: AP)

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New Delhi: Cricket legend and Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar will today raise a discussion on the right to play and the future of sports in the country in Parliament around 2 pm. This will be the first time that Tendulkar will be initiating a debate in Rajya Sabha.

As per to the rules of the upper house, any member wishing to raise discussion on a matter of urgent public importance may give notice in writing to the Secretary-General specifying clearly and precisely the matter to be raised. Provided that the notice shall be accompanied by an explanatory note stating reasons for raising discussion on the matter in question. Further that the notice shall be supported by the signatures of at least two other members.

This comes after he won the hearts of the people of his adopted village in Osmanabad. This was his maiden trip to review the status of several project in the village which he has adopted under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) in November 2016. Donja is around 330 kms from Mumbai.

"My visit to Donja has been a heart-warming one filled with promise and hope," he said of the half-day spent there on Tuesday (Dec. 19)," Tendulkar said.

"Many miles we've gone towards building a better life for the villagers and many more to goa But this is a great step in the right direction," he added.

The batting idol virtually floored the village of 2,800 on his short visit. With Osmanabad collector RV Game, Sachin reviewed the progress of the works to be carried out under the Rs 4 crore committed by him, which include construction of a water tank with direct pipelines to the homes of the villagers for giving them access to drinking water, construction of a new school building, and concrete roads along with a sewage system in Donja.

An NGO Happiness InDiya Foundation with which the cricketer is associated, has decided to provide solar energy-based lighting systems to the upcoming school and other public amenities in Donja which has already been accorded ODF (Open Defecation Free) status this year.

Later, he attended a function where he felicitated the children and women of the village for various activities including academics and Bachat Gat' schemes by awarding them prizes, trophies and certificates.

Lauding Donja inhabitants, the Bharat Ratna laureate said that his inspection teams found that Donja was very different, the 2,800 people here "displayed a tremendous fighting spirit, and all communities live and work harmoniously."

Then Tendulkar played cricket with the village school boys on a makeshift pitch, he took the nervousness and follies of the youngsters in his stride, joked laughed and enjoyed as they attempted to bowl' him out.

He also interacted with a group of aged women waiting for his 'darshan' patiently in an enclosure and several men of different communities in the village at another venue nearby.
First Published: December 21, 2017, 11:05 AM IST
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