New Delhi: India's former captain Mohammad Azharuddin has made a grant entry into Loksabha, batting on various issues like streamlining sports bodies, problems of his constituency and Sachar Committee recommendations.
While participating in the discussion on Union Budget 2009-10, the Congress MP from Moradabad praised the finance minister for allocating Rs 1740 crore for implementing the Sachar Committee recommendations.
Azharuddin moves from pitch to parliament
This, he said, would go a long way in uplifting the Muslims and bringing them at par with other sections of society. Speaking on the problems of his constituency known as "Pitalnagari" because of the brassworks industry, he wanted the Government to go the extra mile to give a helping hand to the artisans there who have fallen on bad days due to economic recession.
Azhar also wanted modern medical facilities in the town saying that work in the industry leads many an artisan to catch Tuberculosis by the age of 40. The former skipper did not talk about Cricket saying it was being "looked after well" but stressed the need for organising well the Commonwealth Games next year. Once it was done, India should make efforts to hold Olympics.
On the state of affairs in sports federations, Azharuddin spoke of “so much monopoly" in managing their affairs.
He regretted that 80 per cent of the allocations for the Sports Authority of India goes into salaries of the staff. This is a “criminal waste of money".