Sports Infrastructure for Promotion of Sports





Sports Infrastructure for Promotion of Sports
 The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that there is no scheme implemented by the Government of India for construction of sports stadia. State/UT wise details of funds released for development and maintenance of playfield in the country, including North East Region under the Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan [now revised to Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA)] are given in Annexure I and details of grants approved and released for creation of sports infrastructure under the Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) are given in Annexure II. Sports Authority of India also provides funds for development of sports infrastructure but does not maintain State/UT wise details of release of fund. Total funds provided by Sports Authority of India during last three years and current year under capital works is given in Annexure III.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, the release of funds under the PYKKA for development of playfields is demand-driven and made on proposals received from the States/UTs, including the State of Karnataka, subject to the condition that the proposals conform to the guidelines of the PYKKA and other relevant orders of the Government of India.
Sports Authority of India under the Central Government is exploring PPP model to attract funding/sponsorship for creation/maintenance and up gradation of sports infrastructure, including playing and residential facilities. Since MOU in this regard has still not been finalized further details in this connection cannot be made available.
Sports being a state subject, it is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments and the National Sports Federations (NSFs) concerned for promotion and development of various sports disciplines in the country. The Ministry only supplements the efforts of State Governments and the NSFs in this direction by providing financial assistance in accordance with the approved pattern under the following Schemes:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA): Funds are granted to the Governments of States/Union Territories for construction of a sports complex in each block of the country for both indoor and outdoor disciplines and conduct of annual sports competitions, viz., Rural Sports Competitions, Women Sports Competitions, North East Games, and Competitions in Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas.
Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) : 100% financial assistance, subject to stipulated ceilings are provided to State Governments, Local Civic Bodies, School, Colleges and Universities under Central/State Governments, and Sports Control Boards for development of Synthetic playing surface (for Hockey, and Athletics) and for Multipurpose Indoor Hall.
Scheme of ‘Assistance to National Sports Federation’: for organizing national/international competitions, organizing coaching camp, engagement of foreign coaches, equipment support etc.
In addition, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has the following Sports Promotional Schemes which are implemented uniformly throughout the country:
National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC)
Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)
SAI Training Centres (STC)
Special Area Games (SAG)
Extension Centres of STC/SAGs
Centre of Excellence (COE)
The Government also provides full assistance for intensive coaching of the national teams through national coaching camps organized by the Sports Authority of India besides providing Foreign Exposures / Competitions and State of the art equipments.  The Government also provides financial assistance to meritorious sportspersons under National Sports Development Fund for personalized training/coaching under national /international coaches, participation in international tournaments held in India and abroad and purchase of sports equipment, the Minister added.
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Schemes for Development of Sports in Rural Areas
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that National Sports Policy 2001 aiming at broad basing of sports and promotion of excellence in sports is already in existence. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, Sports is a state subject and it is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments and the National Sports Federations (NSFs) to frame policy for promotion and development of various sports disciplines in the country. The Ministry only supplements the efforts of State Governments and the NSFs in this direction by providing financial assistance in accordance with the approved pattern under the following Schemes:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) [formerly Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA): Funds are granted to the Governments of States/Union Territories for construction of a sports complex in each block of the country for both indoor and outdoor disciplines and conduct of annual sports competitions, viz., Rural Sports Competitions, Women Sports Competitions, North East Games, and Competitions in Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas.
Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) : 100% financial assistance, subject to stipulated ceilings are provided to State Governments, Local Civic Bodies, School, Colleges and Universities under Central/State Governments, and Sports Control Boards for development of Synthetic playing surface (for Hockey, and Athletics) and for Multipurpose Indoor Hall.
Scheme of ‘Assistance to National Sports Federation’: for organizing national/international competitions, organizing coaching camp, engagement of foreign coaches, equipment support etc.
In addition, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has the following Sports Promotional Schemes which are implemented uniformly throughout the country:
National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC)
Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)
SAI Training Centres (STC)
Special Area Games (SAG)
Extension Centres of STC/SAGs
Centre of Excellence (COE)
Shri Sonowal said, State/UT wise details of funds released during the last three years under the erstwhile Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) for creation and maintenance of playfields at village and Block Panchayat level and grants approved for creation of sports infrastructure under Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) during the last three years and current year are enclosed in Annexures I and II respectively. No fund has been released under the RGKA in the current financial year for construction of block level sports complex comprising outdoor playfield and indoor sports hall. Sports Authority of India also provides funds for development of sports infrastructure but does not maintain State/UT wise details of release of fund. Total funds provided by Sports Authority of India during last three years and current year under capital works is given in Annexure III.
Salient feature of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) Scheme is enclosed as Annexure IV. At present funds are being released to the States/UTs for conduct of competitions under the RGKA. Details are placed at Annexure V. Proposal for creation of infrastructure under RGKA scheme are being received from States/UTs and are under examination.
Funding Pattern:  Sports being a State subject the states have to bear a part of the expenditure on sports so that there is a sense of participation and ownership by the states in this scheme. Hence the funding pattern between centre and state is in the ratio of 75:25 in respect of normal states and 90:10 in respect of special category states.
Under RGKA, funds for development of sports complexes are granted to State/UTs Governments on receipt of the proposal from them subject to the proposal being in order, availability of funds and no utilization certificate for the fund released earlier to the state is pending, the Minister added.
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Activities of National Sports Federations
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that most National Sports Federations (NSFs) are organizing sports activities regularly.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said,           Sports activities organized by NSFs include national championships for senior, Junior and sub-junior categories, zonal championships for senior category and international tournaments in India. The Government  provides financial assistance under the Scheme of ‘Assistance to National Sports Federations’, as per the approved Annual Calendar of Training & Competition (ACTC), for organising national/international tournaments in India, participation in international competitions/training abroad engagement of foreign coaches, equipment support etc. The details of financial assistance provided under the scheme to NSFs during each of the last 3 years and the current year is given in the Annexure.
The Minister said, due to the combined efforts of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), NSFs, Sports Authority of India (SAI) & the Government, the performance of the Indian athletes in the international events is steadily improving.  In the recently held Common Wealth Games, 2014, Glasgow, Asian Games, 2014 and Para Asian Games, 2014 held at Incheon, South Korea, a large number of athletes in various sports disciplines have won medals, the details of which are given below:-
S.No.
Major international events
Gold
Silver
Bronze
1
Common Wealth Games, 2014
15
30
19
2
Asian Games, 2014
11
10
36
3
Para Asian Games, 2014
3
14
16
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Revamp of Indian Olympic Association
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. IOA is the National Olympic Committee for India, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has issued various directions from time to time to National Sports Federations including IOA for bringing in good governance and transparency in functioning of sports bodies.
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Talent Search in Sports
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Government is considering a proposal to launch a scheme known as National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) under which it is proposed to identify sporting talent among students in the age group of 8 to 12 years and to nurture them so as to enable them to participate in National and International sports events, win medals and bring laurels to the country. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, this proposal is at a conceptual stage at present. Therefore further details cannot be provided at this juncture. As on date there is no proposal to make sports as a compulsory subject at primary school level.
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35th National Games
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that since the 35th National Games are being hosted by the Government of Kerala and the expenditure to be incurred on creation and development of sports infrastructure and conduct of the National Games is to be met and arranged by the Government of Kerala, the question of reducing the expenditure by the Government of India does not arise.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, grant of Rs.121 crore from Central Government in the form of Additional Central Assistance (ACA) was approved which was 30% of Rs.403.36 crore, the total project cost estimated for 35th National Games. Entire ACA of Rs.121 crore has been released to the Government of Kerala.
The Minister said, the Government of Kerala in December 2011 informed that on comprehensive review of sports infrastructure and re-assessment of overall expenses, the revised project cost for 35th National Games would be Rs.611.13 crore. A Central Team led by Joint Secretary in the Department of Sports and having representatives from Planning Commission, Sports Authority of India and Indian Olympic Association visited Kerala in March 2012 to assess the revised project cost of Rs.611.33 crore. As against the revised project cost of Rs.611.33 crore, the Central Team had accepted the total budget of Rs.403.36 crore.
Shri Sonowal said, the Government of Kerala requested for central assistance of Rs.201.68 crore (50% of the project cost of Rs.403.36 crore). However, the Planning Commission recommended 30% central share. As per existing guidelines of Additional Central Assistance (ACA), General Category States are entitled to get 30% grant as one-time ACA of the total project cost, the remaining 70% of the project cost is to be borne by the State Government. Accordingly, ACA for 35th National Games worked out as Rs.121 crore (30% of project cost of Rs.403.36 crore) and entire amount of ACA of Rs.121 crore has been released to the Government of Kerala.
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Medical Test of Women Boxers
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that for participation in Women’s World Boxing Championship, 2014 held at Jeju Islands, South Korea, the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) prescribed a number of requirements to be met by women boxers. Non-pregnancy form issued by a medical doctor was one of the requirements.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, the Boxers were aware of the need for “Non-Pregnancy Certificate” and requested the team Coaches & Chief Coach to arrange for the test, as they were unaware of the place to undergo this test. The Chief Coach appointed by Boxing India thus requested Sports Authority of India (SAI) to arrange for the test. The test was facilitated by SAI on receipt of written request from the Chief Coach of Boxing India, supported by written request from the boxers, followed by individual consent form from the boxers who were to participate in the competition. The test was conducted through collection of urine samples which was non-invasive. There was no violation of any law.
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Para Asian Games, 2014
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), the National Sports Federation (NSF), for Para Athletes has informed that a total of 19 escorts accompanied the Para athletes who participated in the Para Asian Games, 2014 held at Incheon, South Korea.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, PCI has informed that a contract was signed by the sportspersons and the team officials as per the code of conduct, followed by several National Paralympic Committees across the world. PCI has further informed that no athlete or team official was forced to sign the contract and it was signed by them after agreeing to the terms & conditions of the contract.
Government allows escorts to accompany Para athletes as per the norms existing at the time of the event. The same procedure is applicable to future events also, the Minister added.
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Irregularities in Selection of Sports Persons
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that promotion and development of sports is the responsibility of the State Governments and the National Sports Federation (NSF) concerned. NSFs are autonomous bodies registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. The Government does not interfere in their day-to-day affairs which include holding of sports events, selection of players, etc. However, Government has laid down that, for selecting sports-persons for participating in different sports competitions, the Selection Committee should consist of the President of the concerned NSF, the National Coach and a representative of the Indian Olympic Association.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, during the past, complaints in selection of players in the disciplines of Equestrian, Wrestling, Para Table Tennis, Badminton etc. were received. While such complaints were dealt with in consultation with the NSFs, Sports Authority of India and other stakeholders, year-wise and sport discipline-wise data is not maintained.
The Minister said, to bring transparency in the selection of sports persons, Government on 6.8.2014 has issued instructions, to all the major NSFs to place on their website, various details of the international events held in India and abroad such as notification of selection criteria for such events well in advance along with the details of time and venue for selection, list of core probables and basis of their selection, details of coaching camps organized including venue, dates and list of participants, list of the athletes selected, performance criteria which formed the basis of selection, actual performance in terms of timing, distance, etc. and the position obtained by each athlete/team etc. These instructions have also been made an integral part of the National Sports Development Code of India.
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Facilities to Sports Students
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that all Schemes of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Sports Authority of India are inclusive schemes and students, who are desirous of taking part in national and international sports competitions, are also eligible for the facilities, available to other sportspersons, under various schemes.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports provides assistance to the National Sports Federations including Association of Indian Universities and School Games Federation of India under the Scheme of Assistance to NSFs towards conduct of national championships in India, conduct of international tournaments in India, participation in international sports competitions abroad, conduct of coaching camps, procurement of sports equipments, etc. Data of student beneficiaries year-wise and State/UT-wise are not maintained.
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Promotion of Traditional Sports
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Primary responsibility for popularization, promotion and development of specific sports disciplines including traditional and indigenous games and sports is that of the concerned National Sports Federations.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, the existing schemes of the Government of India and Sports Authority of India (SAI) lay adequate focus on the promotion of traditional and indigenous games. Under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs), the sports federations dealing with indigenous/traditional games such as Chess, Kho-Kho, Tug of War, Kabaddi, Wrestling etc. have been given Government recognition, and are provided with financial assistance for promotional and developmental activities in their respective disciplines. Under the Scheme of Assistance to NSFs, assistance is provided to the NSFs, interalia, for conduct of national championships in Senior, Junior and Sub – junior categories both for men and women, conduct of international tournaments in India, participation of Indian sportspersons and teams in International tournaments abroad, organizing coaching camps, etc.
The details of funds allocated/released/expenditure incurred for the said purpose during  each of the last three years and the current year, State/UT and sports disciplines-wise are given below: -
(Rs. in lakh)
Sl. No.
Name of the Scheme
2011-12
2012-13

2013-14
2014-15 (upto Oct. 2014)
1.
All India Chess Federation
162.13
253.94
232.08
46.54
2.
Atya Patya Federation of India
10.50
13.50
14.00
1.25
3.
Kho-Kho Federation of India
16.50
16.50
3.00
7.75
4.
Hockey India
1809.00
565.20
1268.19
383.54

5.
Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India
121.00
11.44
74.00
18.00
6.
Tug of War Federation of India
11.25
9.25
10.75
2.75
7.
Wrestling Federation of India
983.00
692.04
1429.12
388.46

The Minister said, it is true that a number of sportspersons belonging to the discipline of  boxing and wrestling hailing from Haryana have won medals in international sports events. Primary responsibility for promotion and development of specific sports disciplines including boxing and wrestling is that of concerned NSFs. However, various schemes of the Ministry and Sports Authority of India supplement the efforts of the NSFs including those of boxing and wrestling for their promotion and development in the country.
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Activities under RGNIYD
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) has been converted into an Institution of National Importance by the Act of Parliament on 30.08.2012. The functions and objectives of the Institution are as under:-
i)              To function as a resource agency and think- tank for youth programmes, policies and implementation strategies.
ii)            To develop multi-faceted-programmes for youth keeping in view  the social harmony and national unity as the ultimate objective.
iii)          To grow and develop as a facilitator and nodal agency for youth training, youth work and youth development in the country for rural, urban as well as tribal youth.
iv)          To function as an institute of advanced study in the field of youth and to develop such professional excellence as may be required for the purpose.
v)            To develop its programmes aimed at inculcating a sense of national pride, awareness of national goals and internalization of national values among the youth workers.
vi)          To develop new ideas and innovative programmes for motivating and creating a committed cadre of youth workers and functionaries.
vii)        To promote and conduct action and user based applied research and evaluation studies in youth development and through this provide necessary thrust to youth programmes on systematic and scientific lines.
viii)      To function as Center for Information Publication and Documentation pertaining to youth development.
ix)          To provide institutional training for the personnel working in the field of youth.
x)            To provide appropriate youth extension projects and services which can function as laboratory on youth work.
xi)          To link its programmes and functions to the promotion of National Youth Policy.
Objectives
·            To evolve as an Institute of advanced study in the field of youth development.
·            To undertake action and applied research.
·            To empower youth to participate in inclusive development and nation building.
·            To provide higher education in the field of youth development.
·            To carry out policy research, evaluation and impact analysis of youth programmes.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, the RGNIYD conducts Training/Orientation/Sensitization/Training of Trainers/Capacity Building Programmes on the following thematic areas:-
·         Entrepreneurship/Social Entrepreneurship
·         Youth Leadership and Personality Development
·         Building Life Skills
·         Disaster Preparedness & Risk Reduction
·         Adolescent Health Promotion
·         Enhancing Employability Skills/Skill Up-gradation Programmes
·         Career Guidance and Counselling
·         Training of Youth in Social Harmony and National Unity
·         Training Tribal Youth as Social Animators
·         Training in Human Rights and Social Harmony
·         Training in Civic, Citizenship and Life Skills
·         Training in Parenting
·         Training in Peer Education
·         Youth in Gender Equity
·         Youth Health
·         Youth in Panchayati Raj
·         Formation of Teen Clubs
·         Environment for Sustainable Development
·         Interstate Interactive Experience Sharing-Youth in Panchayati Raj Campaigns
·         Interstate Youth Exchange and Home stay Programmes
·         Social Audit and Accounting
·         Volunteerism
The above activities have been carried out through various programmes conducted at RGNIYD campus and in States/UTs whose details for the year 2013-14 are given as under:
S.No.
Name of the State/UT
Number  of Programmes
Number of
 Participants
1.      
Jharkhand
17
667
2.      
Uttar Pradesh
1
50
3.      
West Bengal
1
50
4.      
Madhya Pradesh
10
417
5.      
Karnataka
7
404
6.      
Tamil Nadu
49
2690
7.      
Kerala
33
1928
8.      
Odisha
7
424
9.      
Assam
4
418
10.                         
J&K
1
72
11.                         
Andhra Pradesh
5
906
12.                         
Arunachal Pradesh
2
138
13.                         
Bihar
1
40
14.                         
Tripura
3
110
15.                         
Nagaland
4
477
16.                         
New Delhi
4
66
17.                         
Rajasthan
2
80
18.                         
Punjab
2
67
19.                         
Manipur
1
47
20.                         
Gujarat
1
38
21.                         
West Bengal
2
800
22.                         
Uttarakhand
1
59
23.                         
RGNIYD Campus
61
7183



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