Rating of ITIs



Rating of ITIs

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the Government has introduced a scheme for rating of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in order to promote excellence in vocational training. The scheme aim to provide a benchmark for comparison amongst various institutes and trades offered therein. It is also expected to bring a differentiating factor for institutions leading to increased market competition and thereby quality improvement in laggard institutions so that they would remain competitive. The rating will also help students and employers by serving as a formal recognition from the Government about a specified level of quality of training and facilities.



In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, in the normative fee structure for private ITIs, 20% extra fee has been permitted for ITIs who are rated 5 star or 4 star.

The following three agencies are empanelled on pilot basis:-

i. NABET(QCI), 6th Floor, ITPI building, 4-A, Ring Road, I.P Estate, New Delhi.

ii. ICRA Limited, 1105, Kailash Building, 11th Floor, 26, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi.

iii. CRISI Limited, CRISIL House, Plot No. 46, Sector 44, Opp PF Office, Gurgaon, Haryana.

ITIs are already part of the skill development programme of the Government, the Minister added.


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India-EU Skill Development Project

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the India-EU project is a technical assistance project for vocational training under which experts provided by the EU provide advice and guidance on implementation of National Skills Qualifications Framework, setting up Labour Market Information System and capacity building of the National Skills Development Authority, three State Skill Development Missions and six Sector Skills Councils. The various trainings provided by the India-EU skills development project include:

i. Modular Training Programme for NSQF Stakeholders: 3 modules delivered to date. All 12 modules to be delivered by the end of May 2015. 25 Participants nominated by concerned Institutions.

ii. NSDA Strategic orientation and Training needs analysis. Training sessions conducted for NSDA staff on National Qualifications Frameworks, LMIS, Training of Trainers.

iii. Study visit to France and Germany on the National Qualifications Framework in these countries- Report produced for this visit.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the partner organisations involved in the project are:

i. The National Skill Development Agency;

ii. Ministry of Labour and Employment (DGET and NCVT);

iii. Ministry of Human Resource Development

iv. National Skill Development Corporation;

v. Six Sector Skills Councils for Plumbing, Beauty & Wellness, Logistics and Transportation, Capital Goods, Construction and Healthcare;

vi. Three State Skills Development Missions of Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.


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Entrepreneurship Development by Public Sector Institutes

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that there is a network of 30 MSME-Development Institutes, 28 Branch MSME-Development Institutes, 4 Regional Testing Centres (RTCs), 7 Field Testing Stations (FTSs), 2 MSME Training Institutes, 1 MSME-Technology Development Centre (Hand Tools) and 18 Autonomous bodies which include 10 Tool Rooms (TRs), 6 Product-cum-Process Development Centres (PPDCs) & 2 Central Footwear Training Institutes (CFTIs), functioning under office of DC-MSME. Besides this there are 3 National Entrepreneurship & Business Development Institutes, 41 Multi Disciplinary Training Centres (MDTCs) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), 7 Technical Service Centres and 60 Technology Incubation Centres of National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), Training Centres of Coir Board and Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialization (MGIRI) providing skill development training at all India level.

The number of persons trained under entrepreneurship development training in aforesaid institutions are given below:
Year Persons trained
2011-12 4,63,810
2012-13 5,51,309
2013-14 6,07,253
2014-15 3,65,894
 (upto Jan 2015)


In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, all efforts are made to increase the success rate for setting up of enterprises by the individuals trained under the entrepreneurship development programmes.

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Skilled Persons

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the ministry has not conducted any survey to assess the number and quality of skilled persons in the country. However, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has conducted skill gap study for 22 sectors in 2009 and also got conducted 21 states level skill study to understand and bridge the skill gaps. NSDC is approving skill projects based on the skill gaps.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the National Skill Development Corporation has supported many training provider in private domain to increase their capacity and to enable them provide quality skilling in the country. At present, National Skill Development Corporation has 187 Training Partners with 2930 Training Centers across the country including Andhra Pradesh. There are over 20 Central Ministries/Departments implementing over 70 Skill Development schemes/programmes.

The Government has recently created the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship for coordinating all efforts in Skill Development and Entrepreneurship landscape within the country, the Minister added.


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Employability of Trained Persons

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) had an evaluation study conducted by the World Bank of five national level skill development programs (SDPs). The objective was to understand and learn from the performance of these five SDPs in the states of Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and to generate lessons that can benefit all stakeholders in their efforts towards workforce development in India. The five programmes chosen for the study were:

I. Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment

II. The Swarn Jayanti Grameen Rojgar Yojana and its successor scheme Aajeevika Skills of the Ministry of Rural Development

III. Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) of the Ministry of Rural Development

IV. Skill Training for Employment Promotion amongst Urban Poor (STEP-UP) component of Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation

V. Training provided by training providers who have been funded by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, as per the interim findings of the report, 27% of candidates enrolled in the above skill development programmes find employment. Some of the reasons for non-employment include resistance to migration, pursuit of higher education etc.

He said, the Government has taken various steps to ensure employability of the skilled persons. The recent amendments to the Apprentices Act, 1961, would facilitate the industry’s ability to take on apprentices. The Government has notified the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) to integrate general and vocational streams of education, which will facilitate and make transparent, the various pathways of mobility, both within and between general and vocational streams. The NSQF would ensure that each level is defined in terms of competencies that would need to be achieved.


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Training by NSDC

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the Government has been supporting the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in its skilling activities /programmes. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, NSDC has been implementing various skilling programmes of the Central Government including STAR (Standard, Training, Assessment and Reward) Scheme for skilling youth from across the country and UDAAN Scheme for youth from Jammu & Kashmir. Funds released to NSDA so far as are as under:-


Funds Transfer from NSDF to NSDC INR In lakhs
(i) Skilling 124395
(ii) UDAAN     8910
(iii) STAR 100000
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Total 233305
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               National Skill Development Fund (NSDF)

At present, there is no proposal for setting up of a Regional Skill Development Council, the Minister added.


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Courses for Skill Development


Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that there are over 20 Central Ministries/Departments engaged in skill development activities with over 70 schemes/programmes. These skilling schemes/programmes take care of the skilling needs of the disadvantaged and marginalized groups like SCs, STs, OBCs, minorities, women and differently-abled persons so as to bridge the social, regional, gender and economic divide.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the sectoral needs of various sectors like Agriculture and allied works, traditional and cottage industries are taken care under specific skill development schemes in these sectors implemented by the nodal ministries. Further, the NSDC has set up various Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) including the Agriculture, which are employer led organisation to review the skill gap in their respective sectors and take steps for aligning skill developments with employer requirements in the sectors. As per information available with National Skill Development Agency, the number of persons trained under these schemes/programmes is given below:

Financial Year
Persons skilled (in lakh)
2011-12
45.58
2012-13
51.88
2013-14
76.37
2014-15
42.77(upto Dec 2014)

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Government takes several steps to fight inflation and revive growth of the economy

The Government has undertaken several steps to revive the growth of the economy and thereby increase Per Capita Income. The measures outlined in the Union Budget 2014-15 and subsequent measures taken by the Government included: fillip to industry and infrastructure through fiscal incentives and concrete measures for transport, power, and other urban and rural infrastructure; measures for promotion of Foreign Direct Investment in selected sectors; deregulation of diesel prices and finalization of natural gas pricing policy; ‘Make in India’ initiative along with the attendant investment facilitation measures; labour reforms, mainly related to inspection and apprenticeship; amendments in the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 and Coal Mines Ordinance 2014; financial inclusion and boost to saving through Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana; initiatives under Skill India and initiatives under direct benefit transfer (DBT), have all have a direct bearing on the income of the people.

In addition to these growth-oriented measures, Union Budget 2015-16 includes measures to boost employment and income with an increased focus on-(i) irrigation, traditional agriculture, enhanced agricultural credit, rural infrastructure and rural employment; (ii) micro unit development refinance and credit to SC/ST enterprises; and (iii) self-employment and talent utilization along with consolidation of skill development initiatives.

Government has taken a number of measures to curb inflation, particularly food inflation. Some of the major steps taken by the Government are: higher allocation of rice under Public Distribution System (PDS) and higher allocation of wheat under Open Market Sales Scheme (Domestic) for 2014-15; moderation in increases in the Minimum Support Prices; advisory to the states to allow free movement of fruits and vegetables by delisting them from the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act; improving availability of essential commodities by facilitating import of various items of mass consumption at zero or concessional import duties together with restriction on export, prescribing stock holding limits under Essential Commodities Act in respect of onion and potato, pulses, edible oil and edible oilseeds and fixing of Minimum Export Price (MEP) for potatoes and onions.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation General (Dr.) V.K. Singh (Retd.) in Lok Sabha today.

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Number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) is likely to grow by 10.6% in 2014


The number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) is likely to grow by 10.6% in 2014. The numbers of FTAs in India along with growth rate during 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and  2014 are as follows:


Year
FTAs(in million)
Growth rate (%)
2010
5.78
11.8
2011
6.31
9.2
2012
6.58
4.3
2013
6.97
5.9
2014 (P)
7.70
10.6

P: Provisionally revised as per Bureau of Immigration

No decline in number foreign tourist arrivals in India was observed during 2010-2014.  Various measures have been taken to attract the foreign tourists in the country e.g. Electronic Travel Authorization, Restriction on gap for re-entry lifted, Publicity and Promotion, Cleanliness and Hygiene, Trained Language Speaking Guides, Safety of Women Tourists etc.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a reply to an Unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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The number of DTVs and FTVs to Andaman & Nicobar Islands have shown an increasing trend during the last 5 years


The number of Domestic Tourist Visits (DTVs) and Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) to Andaman & Nicobar Islands have shown an increasing trend during the last 5 years.

The numbers of Domestic Tourist Visits (DTVs) and Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) to Andaman and Nicobar Islands during 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 are as follows:

Year
DTVs
FTVs
2010
180781
14615
2011
202221
15814
2012
238699
17538
2013
243703
14742
2014
285146
17235

Some of the factors responsible for tourist inflow to the destination are connectivity to the destination, availability of reasonably priced hotel accommodation, good tourism infrastructure, carrying capacity of the destination, environment condition etc.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a reply to an Unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Indian Culinary Institute being set up at Tirupati; Andhra Pradesh with a Northern Region Centre at Noida


The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is setting up an Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh with a Northern Region Centre at Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The salient features of the proposal alongwith course structure are detailed below:

ICIs will
·                     Offer structured regular  programmes of study  specific  to culinary art leading to graduate and post graduate level degrees,
·                     Promote research and innovation,
·                     Organize demand driven Certificate and Diploma courses,
·                     Document and create data base specific to Indian cuisine,
·                     Commission studies and survey on Indian traditional cuisine,
·                     Help trans boundary propagation of Indian cuisine, as part of strategy for tourism promotion,
·                     Develop Cuisine Tourism of India,
·                     Provide trained manpower support (specialised faculty) to the existing IHMs and Hotel Industry,
·                     Provide quality education in the field of culinary arts.

   
The academic calendar of the ICI   will include the regular programmes such as B.Sc. in Culinary Arts and Sciences, M.Sc. in Culinary Arts; Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Management; Short term skill/knowledge upgradation programmes and Skill & Competency Certification for practicing chefs, etc.

A technical committee is being constituted, having academic and industry experts to plan and design course structure for basics and advance culinary studies. An international collaboration is also being explored with renowned culinary school.


This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a reply to an Unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Skill Development Centres in Maoist Affected Areas

Ministry of Tribal Affairs provides funds to the State Governments including those effected with Maoist activities to carry out skill development and employment-cum-income generation programmes. During the current financial year, the Ministry has provided funds to the State Governments and impressed upon them for promotion of need based integrated livelihood / skill development initiatives among tribals such as, diversified crops, horticulture, dairy, poultry, fisheries, apiculture, sericulture etc. with proper market linkages, financing under line department schemes like milk cooperatives, marketable traditional skills like paintings, handlooms, handicrafts, artisans, skilled employment and other arts,entrepreneurship, modern skills, solar cell assembly and electrician, mobile phone repair etc. with appropriate placements, eco tourism in Tribal areas and skills for women, computer training hospitality, paramedics, Ayurvedic and tribal medicines and medical practices etc.

There is no restriction on States/UTs for adopting PPP route for skill development centers funded by the Ministry.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today


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46 PPP Projects with an investment of Rs.25,902 cr in progress for augmenting urban infrastructure

US $ 6,405 million FDI since 2011-12 in urban construction projects

A total of 46 Pubic-Private-Partnership (PPP) Projects are at various stages of implementation in 33 cities in the country at a total approved cost of Rs.25,902.84 crore for infrastructure development in urban areas. This was stated by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu in a statement while replying to a Starred Question in the Lok Sabha today. The question was raised by Shri Nimmala Kistappa.

These PPP Projects in 33 states relate to Mass Rapid Transport Systems(19), Solid Waste Management (25), Water supply, Parking lots, Roads, Fly overs and Road Over Bridges.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu further informed that 24 PPP Projects with an investment of Rs.1,659.32 cr have so far been completed.

The Minister also stated that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of US $ 6,405 million (Rs.34,255 cr) has been enabled in 16 urban projects since 2011-12. These projects pertained to Townships, Housing, Built-up infrastructure and Construction.

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Smart City Task Forces for Ajmer, Allahabad and Visakhapatnam set up

Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has set up city-wise Task Forces for drawing up concrete Action Plans for development of Ajmer, Allahabad and Visakhapatnam as Smart Cities. These Committees have representatives of the Ministries of Urban Development and External Affairs, respective state governments and cities and the United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA).

Setting up of these Task Forces is in pursuance of the decision taken at a recent meeting between Shri Venkaiah Naidu and the US Secretary of Commerce Ms.Penny Pritzker in New Delhi. USTDA and the three respective state governments signed Memoranda of Understanding for cooperation in developing Ajmer, Allahabad and Visakhapatnam as Smart Cities on January 25, 2015.

During the last visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to the USA and the strategic and commercial dialogue with President Barack Obama, the US offered to assist in the development of these three cities as smart cities.

The Task Force on Ajmer comprises of : Divisional Commissioner, Ajmer(Chairman), Secretaries of Town and Country Planning and Municipal Affairs, Government of Rajasthan, District Collector of Ajmer, Administrator of Urban Improvement Trust, Ajmer, Municipal Commissioner of Ajmer, Mayor of Ajmer besides Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India and representatives of Ministry of External Affairs and USTDA.

Allahabad Task Force consists of : Divisional Commissioner (Chairman), Secretaries of Town and Country Planning and Municipal Affairs, Government of UP, District Magistrate, Vice-Chairman, Allahabad Development Authority, Mayor of the city besides Additional Secretary(Urban Development), Government of India and representatives of Ministry of External Affairs and USTDA.

The Task Force for Visakhapatnam will be headed by Secretary (Town and Country Planning), Government of AP, Secretary(Municipal Affairs), District Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Vice-Chairman, Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority, Mayor of the city, Joint Secretary(Urban Development), Government of India and representatives of Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Navy and USTDA.

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Schemes for encouraging sports at School Level

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that as Sports is a State subject, the primary responsibility for encouraging sports among students at school level is that of States. However, Department of Sports and the Sports Authority of India supplement the efforts of the States. School Games Federation of India (SGFI) and Association of Indian Universities (AIU) have been recognized by the Government of India as National Sports Promotion Organizations (NSPOs) and are eligible for the same level of assistance as are available to National Sports Federations (NSFs).

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, has been enacted, making elementary education a Fundamental Right, which, inter alia, provides for

(i) a play ground for each school;
(ii) A part time instructor for physical education in upper primary schools;
(iii) Supply of play material, games and sports equipment, as required, to schools.

The Minister said, in terms of the provisions of the RTE Act, no school shall be established or recognized unless it fulfils the norms specified in the Schedule attached to the Act.

He further said, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for all schools affiliated to it to provide one compulsory period for sports upto 10th class and two periods in a week for classes 11 and 12.

Shri Sonowal said, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has recently formulated National Sports Talent Search Scheme, which inter alia, provides for nurturing of the identified sporting potential / talent in district level sports schools / central sports schools / national sports academies, etc., to make them excel at the national and international sports competitions.

For identifying the talent and nurturing and training the identified talent in the age group of 8 to 25 years, which is mainly from schools and colleges, the Sports Authority of India is running the following schemes:

(i) National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC): The main objective of the scheme is to identify gifted and talented sportspersons among school children in the age group of 8-14 years.
(ii) Army Boys Sports Companies (ABSC): is implemented in collaboration with the Army. Children in the age group of 8-16 years are imparted scientific training to achieve excellence at national and international levels. The scheme also provides job opportunities in the Indian Army.
(iii) Special Area Games (SAG): This Scheme follows an area-specific approach to scout and nurture talent for modern competitive games and sports from tribal, rural, coastal and hilly areas of the country. The main objective of the scheme is to train talented and meritorious sportspersons in the age group of 12-18 years.
(iv) SAI Training Centres (STC): Under this scheme, talented youth in the age group of 14-21 years are given the option to join the scheme on residential or non-residential basis.
(v) Centres of Excellence (COE): The main objective of this scheme is to identify and train outstanding sportspersons in the age group of 12 to 25 years who are medal prospects for the country in international competitions.
Trainees under the above-mentioned schemes are provided with stipend, sports kit, accidental insurance, as well as competition exposure.

Shri Sonowal said, under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) Scheme, integrated sports complexes will be constructed in every rural block panchayat of the country. Each Sports complex will cost Rs. 1.75 crore and have 11 outdoor and 5 indoor games with flexibility to choose 3 local games within the limit of 16 games. The Outdoor disciplines are Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Handball, Hockey, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Tennis and Volley ball. The Indoor disciplines are Boxing, Wrestling, Table Tennis, Weightlifting and also provision of a Multi-gym.

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Criteria for providing jobs to State and National Level Sports Persons

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that as per the instructions issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, sportspersons who have represented a State or the country in the National or International competitions, Inter-university tournaments conducted by the Inter-University Sports Boards, State School Teams in the National Sports/Games conducted by the All India School Games Federation and those awarded with National Awards in Physical Efficiency under the National Physical Efficiency Drive, are eligible for being considered for appointment in Central Government offices against the vacancies reserved for meritorious sportspersons.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, in terms of existing instructions of the Government, upto 5% of direct recruit vacancies in Group ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’ are reserved for meritorious sportspersons in Central Government offices.

He said, Ministries/Department of Government of India can recruit meritorious sportsmen in any year in relaxation of the recruitment procedure, to the extent that these, including all other reservations under exisiting orders, do not exceed 50% of the total number of vacancies proposed to be filled by direct recruitment. Central Government organizations and Public Sector undertakings recruit meritorious sportspersons including medal winners in international sports events from time to time for which they advertise in Employment News and other newspapers.

The Minister said, meritorious sportspersons are also eligible for monthly pension under the Scheme titled “Scheme of Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons”. Sportspersons who have won medals in Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Cups/World Championships (in Olympic and Asian Games disciplines) and Paralympic Games, after they attain the age of 30 years or retire from active sports, whichever is later, are eligible for monthly pension.

Shri Sonowal said, the Scheme of National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons provides ex-gratia financial assistance to outstanding sportspersons of yesteryears, now living in indigent circumstances, whose annual income is less than Rs. 2 lakh for medical treatment etc.

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