Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has created a new Group named ‘Sporty India’



Sporty India 

Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has created a new Group named ‘Sporty India’ on MyGov(http://mygov.in/group_info/sporty-india) and has invited suggestions on ‘How to generate revenue for SAI Stadia in Delhi’

Sports Authority of India has five Stadia in Delhi viz. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Swimming Pool Complex and Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges.  The sprawling Stadia were built for 1982 Asian Games and were later renovated/reconstructed for the Commonwealth Games-2010 and have potential to generate revenue by way of organising sports and non-sports events.  Views have been invited to increase revenue generation from SAI stadia in New Delhi.


‘Sporty India’ Group on MyGov is an effort to seek ideas and opinions on twin objectives of National Sports Policy 2001 viz., mass participation in sports for healthy and fit India and achieving excellence in various sports disciplines at the international level. From time to time, the Department of Sports will seek thoughts and ideas on various issues relating to sports promotion and development on this platform.

A few days back, the Department of Sports launched an open forum discussion on MyGov on “Making India a Sports Superpower”.
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Rs 2537.50 crore released so far for development of KBK region 

The Special Plan for Kalahandi, Balangir and Koraput (KBK) districts of Odisha is being funded under the State Component of the Backward Regions Grant Fund with an allocation of Rs. 250 crore per annum during the Twelfth Five Year Plan. An amount of Rs. 2537.50 crore has been released so far under the Special Plan since 2002-03. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

The Minister said that the State Government have had evaluation studies conducted to assess the effectiveness of 16 on-going/ previous programmes / schemes for the development of the KBK region through different reputed organisations / institutions such as IIT, Kanpur, Agricultural Finance Corporation, NABARD Consultancy Services, Agricultural and Rural Development Consultancy Society, State Labour Institute, DJ Consultancy, Centre for Youth and Social Development, Kalinga Centre for Social Development and Odisha Voluntary Health Association. . Further, a Quick Evaluation Study of the Special Plan for the KBK Districts of Odisha was also conducted through the Programme Evaluation Organisation. 

He said that The Special Plan specifically addresses the needs of the SCs / STs through schemes such as Promotion of Education amongst SC/ST girls and boys. Further, other schemes for infrastructure development such as road connectivity, electricity supply, irrigation and basic amenities, etc., benefit the SCs and STs of KBK region who form 55.8% of the population of this region. In addition to the Special Plan for the KBK Districts, these districts are allocated funds under the District Component of the Backward Regions Grant Fund, Additional Central Assistance (ACA) for Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Affected Districts, ACA for Tribal Sub-Plan and Article 275(1) besides the flow of funds under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes/State Plan Schemes. 
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Special assistance for the development of Himalayan states 

          The eleven Himalayan States of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim have been given Special category status for the purpose plan assistance from the Central Government. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

           The Minister said the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growth rate of the States depends on several factors including rate of savings and investments in the States, growth in productivity, business climate, human development, state of infrastructure and State Government efforts through transfer of resources by way of various schemes.

      He said that Planning Commission had constituted a committee to study development in Hill States arising from management of forest land with special focus on creation of infrastructure, livelihood and human development. The scope of the study was confined to eleven Himalayan States viz. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. The Committee has submitted its report on 11th November, 2013 to the Planning Commission making certain recommendations pertaining to purpose issues of environmental clearances and fiscal compensation to these States. The report of the committee was discussed in Internal Planning Committee (IPC) meeting held on 12-02-2014. In the said meeting IPC broadly endorsed the recommendations of the Committee. The report required wider consultation with the Ministries/ Departments and concerning State Governments. Therefore the report was circulated to State Governments and Ministries.
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Steps for the development of knowledge based industries 

The Government of India has taken various steps for the development of knowledge based industries in the country. The major steps taken in this direction are as follows: 

In the Union Budget 2014-15, the Finance Minister in his speech has inter alia announced as under: 

“In order to create a conducive eco-system for the venture capital in the MSME sector it is proposed to establish a ₹ 10,000 crore fund to act as a catalyst to attract private Capital by way of providing equity, quasi equity, soft loans and other risk capital for start-up companies”. 

“To establish technology centre network to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and agro-industry, a fund with a corpus of ₹ 200 crore is proposed.”

The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India has set up National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) which supports Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) where innovation, technology and knowledge based industries are incubated and supported. 

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India has setup Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector undertaking to foster and nurture innovation, research and entrepreneurship development in the Biotech Sector. 

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

The Minister added that Planning Commission had constituted a Working Group on Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Growth for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), under the chairmanship of Secretary (MSME) in May, 2011. The recommendations made by the Working Group were duly considered in formulating the strategy for ‘Promoting MSMEs’ in the 12th Five Year Plan that has been approved by the National Development Council (NDC). 

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Inter-ministerial committee to consider state specific guidelines for Centrally Sponsored Schemes 


Following restructuring of Centrally Sponsored Schemes, an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) has been constituted by the Planning Commission on July 15, 2013 to consider State specific guidelines for Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) with the following composition : 

Secretary, Planning Commission:                                                      Co–Chairperson
Secretary, Department of Expenditure                                             Co-Chairperson
Representative of Administrative Ministry
Implementing the concerned CSS                                                      Member
Chief Secretary of the State Government                                          Member
Adviser (Plan Coordination and Management Division)                  Convener
Planning Commission

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.



The Minister said that one of the objectives of the restructuring of Centrally Sponsored Scheme is to provide flexibility to States in these schemes in order to improve their implementation. For this purpose, Government has approved that at least 10% of allocation in a scheme for a State in a year would be kept as a flexi fund. Decision to spend money from these funds largely rests with the State Governments as long as such expenditure are towards meeting the broad objective of the scheme. A guideline for operationalizing flexi-funds was issued on January 6, 2014 by Department of Expenditure. This provision has been made operational with effect from the current Financial Year. A copy of the guideline is enclosed. The other method of providing flexibility in implementation of scheme, approved by the Government is introduction of State Specific Guidelines in a CSS for which the IMC mentioned in part (a) and (b) of the question has been constituted. Planning Commission has requested all State Governments / Union Territories to undertake a review of the CSS from the perspective of the State and to suggest modifications in guidelines specific to the State.
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Consultations with different stakeholders for setting up of new institution for policy planning is underway 

The Government has decided to replace the present Planning Commission with new Institution. Towards this end, the process of consultation with different stakeholders is underway. Suggestions from public have been sought. Prime Minister has also held a consultation meeting with the Chief Ministers on December 7, 2014. However, this decision does not affect the continuation of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (including MGNREGA) which are being implemented by the Central Ministries and for which budgetary provisions have already been made in the Budget of 2014-15. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

The Minister clarified that in so far as the Public Distribution System (PDS) is concerned, the same is being implemented as a joint responsibility of Central Government and the State Governments/ Union Territory Administrations. The expenditure for PDS is predominantly in the form of food subsidy, which is a non-Plan expenditure and allocation for which has already been made by the Ministry of Finance for the year 2014-15. Besides, the Government has enacted the National Food Security Act 2013, which seeks to provide food and nutritional security, in human life cycle approach, by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people to live a life with dignity. 


Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has created a new Group named ‘Sporty India’ Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has created a new Group named ‘Sporty India’ Reviewed by Ajit Kumar on 5:38 PM Rating: 5

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