Special Awards to Medal Winner in Sports Events

Special Awards to Medal Winner in Sports Events

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has revised the scheme of Special Awards to Medal Winners in Sports Events and their coaches in international sporting events on 29th January, 2015. The details of revised scheme are as under:

(i) Category:- Open Category Sports:  

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, Sportspersons including those belonging to the discipline of badminton are conferred with National Sports Awards such as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Awards and Dhyanchand Awards in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions. Ms. Saina Nehwal, Badminton player, has already been conferred with Arjuna Award (2009), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (2010) and Padma Shri award (2010).

He said, the responsibility for promotion of specific sports disciplines is that of the concerned National Sports Federations. However, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Sports Authority of India complement the efforts National Sports Federations under their various schemes aimed at broad-basing of sports and promotion of excellence in sports.


Funds for Development of Youth

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the details of the schemes/programmes of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India for the development of youths in various parts of the country are as under:

Department of Youth Affairs:
(i)           Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS)
(ii)                       National Service Scheme (NSS)
(iii)                     Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)
(iv)                     National Youth  Corps (NYC)
(v)         National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD)
(vi)                     International Co-operation (IC)
(vii)                  Youth Hostel (YH)
(viii)                 Assistance to Organisation of Scouts and Guides
(ix)                     National Young Leaders  Programme (New Scheme)

Department of Sports:
(x)                         Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA)
(xi)                       Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme
(xii)                    Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs)
(xiii) National Sports Development Fund (NSDF)
(xiv)  Scheme of Human Resource Development in Sports
(xv)     Scheme of Special Cash Awards
(xvi)                   Scheme of Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons
(xvii)             Scheme of National Sports Awards
(xviii)      National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons
(xix)    Grant-in-aid to Sports & Games for persons with disabilities
(xx)      Grant-in-aid to Sports Authority of India
(xxi)        Grant-in-aid to Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior
(xxii)         Grant-in-aid to National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL)
(xxiii)      Grant-in-aid to National Anti Doping Agency (NADA)

The funds allocated/spent for the above programmes during each of the last three years and the current year under Department of Youth Affairs are given in Annexure-I and Department of Sports in Annexure –II.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, under the NPYAD Scheme grants-in-aid are given for carrying out activities in various parts of the country including Gujarat under the following programmes:

i.       Youth Leadership and Personality Development
ii.     Promotion of National Integration
iii.  Promotion of Adventure
iv.  Development and Empowerment of Adolescents
v.     Technical and Resource Development

The details of number of youth benefitted through these programmes are enclosed at Annexure-III.

Click here to see Annexure:


National Service Scheme

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that at present, there is no such proposal under consideration for de-linking of National Service Scheme (NSS) operation from funding for the institutions under consideration by the Government. The average expenditure on NSS youth per annum is Rs.475/- Some of the colleges/schools do charge one time registration fee of about Rs.20/- per youth. This is a meagre amount and not a burden on students.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, NSS has remained immensely popular among the student youth. However, it is not possible to fund all the institutions due to budgetary limitations. As per experience NSS continues smoothly to function with or without funds from the Government.

He said, there are many elite and private institutions, which are self-sufficient in funding and do not require financial assistance from Government of India but would like to avail the opportunity of NSS for their students. By allowing them to open NSS units on self-financing basis, the limited budget of NSS is better utilized for other deserving and needy institutions. This twin approach provides benefits of NSS to maximum student youths of the country. In the background, SFUs were set up.

The Minister said, at present 2545 Self-Financing Units (SFUs) have been set up in the country. A total of 1038 applications have been received during the year 2014-15 for setting up of new SFUs. A total of 2,34,036 volunteers were registered during the year 2014-15 under SFUs of NSS. SFUs on an average incur expenditure of Rs.47,500/- per unit (100 volunteers) per year for the regular and special camping programme.


Irregularities in Sports Bodies


The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that a few National Sports Federations (NSFs) were found to have violated the Government guidelines relating to age and tenure restrictions, irregularities in elections, etc. Government has taken action against such NSFs viz. Archery Association of India and Indian Amateur Boxing Federation have been de-recognized, Korfball Federation of India has not been granted recognition since 2012, Athletics Federation of India was directed to conduct elections afresh for some of their office bearers which they have complied with, Gymnastics Federation of India was also asked to conduct their elections afresh to which it has complied.  Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and Taekwondo Federation of India (TFI) have not been granted annual recognition for the year 2015 as BFI failed to amend its constitution by incorporating the age and tenure limits for the office bearers and TFI failed to revalidate its registration certificate issued by the Registrar of Societies.

          In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, several controversies about Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regarding allotment of franchisees, match fixing, betting etc., reported in sections of print and electronic media, have come to the notice of the Government.  Various agencies of the Government namely the Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and Service Tax Department have conducted inquiries into the allegations of irregularities involving the BCCI in the country.

Shri Sonowal said, Government does not interfere in the day-to-day functioning of the National Sports Federations (NSFs) which are autonomous in nature.  However, it has framed National Sports Development Code of India (NSDCI), which has become effective from 31/1/2011, to bring in transparency and accountability in the functioning of the (NSFs) for healthy development of sports in the country. The NSFs are required to comply, inter-alia, with the provisions of NSDCI for getting various concessions from the Govt. viz:-

(i)         Follow proper, democratic and healthy management practices which provide for greater accountability and transparency at all levels.

(ii)     Adhere to age and tenure limit of office-bearers.

(iii)           Follow ‘Basic Universal Principle of Good Governance’ of Olympic and Sports Movement.

(iv)           Adopt proper accounting procedures at all levels and produce annual financial statements.

(v)     Adopt impartial and transparent selection procedures.

(vi)           Take measures against age frauds in Sports.

(vii)        Hold elections as per Model election guidelines issued by the Govt.

(viii)      Comply with the provisions of RTI Act, 2005. Since Government in April, 2010 declared all the NSFs receiving grant of Rs.l0.00 lakhs or more from the Government in a year as Public Authority under Section 2(h) of the RTI, 2005.

          The Minister said, in order to increase the level of transparency and accountability in the functioning of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the NSFs, instruction have been issued to them to hoist, on their website, their audited annual accounts and the balance sheet duly audited by the auditors in the Panel of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.  They have also been asked to place the following on their website for the information and guidance of the stakeholders:-

       i.            List of core probables and basis of their selection.
     ii.            Details of coaching camps organized including venue, dates and list of participants.
  iii.            Notification of selection criteria for such events well in advance along with the details of time and venue for selection.
  iv.            List of the athletes selected.
     v.            Details of athletes, support personnel and other officials sent to the event along with the amount paid to them towards air fare, boarding and lodging, local transportation, daily allowance etc.  This is required to be placed on the website within 15 days of the conclusion of the event.
  vi.            Performance criteria which formed the basis of selection, actual performance in terms of timing, distance, etc. and the position obtained by each athlete/team.

          All these instructions have been made integral part of the NSDCI.

          In addition, the National Sports Federations receiving grant of Rs.1.00 crore and above in a year are subject to the audit by Comptroller and Auditor General of India. Government keeps a constant watch on the observance of these principles by NSFs.  In cases of serious violations, steps like suspension, de-recognition and non-renewal of recognition etc, are taken, Shri Sonowal added.


Functioning of RGNIYD

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that all academic programmes of Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)  have due relevance for the youth development. The Institute is also in the process of reviewing the existing academic programmes and refining them to suit the changing trends.      The Institute will offer programmes which have relevance for youth development and approved by the statutory bodies.

          In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, based on the decision of the Academic Council, an Expert Committee has reviewed the Academic Architecture of the Institute and suggested the following :-

·                    Re-organisation of Departments into appropriate schools
·                    Designing curriculum with foundation courses
·                    Creation of centres for training and also offering diploma and certificate courses.

The report of this Committee shall be placed in the next meeting of the Academic Council for further action, the Minister added.
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