Training to Women



Training to Women

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the Government has introduced Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) as a pilot scheme in the last two years of the 11th plan with an outlay of Rs. 272 crores including Rs. 229 as Government share with a view to addressing the trained manpower needs across all the segment of the textile and related sector by training people including 1,49,714 women until 31st December, 2014. The Scheme has also been further scaled up during 12th Plan with an allocation of Rs. 1900 crore to train 15 lakh persons. The scheme is being implemented across the country and release of fund is made directly to Implementing Agencies.


In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme (IHDS) has been merged with the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) for implementation from December 2003. However, IHDP was implemented through State Governments during 2011-12 to 2013-14 in which 90 clusters and 460 group approach projects had been sanctioned.

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Vocational Training Centres for Women


Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that at present, one National Vocational Training Institute for Women at Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and 10 Regional Vocational Training Institute for Women are imparting vocational training exclusively to women in the following States:-



In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the Government has approved to set up 08 more Regional Vocational Training Institutes (RVTIs) particularly for women under Central Sector in the States of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Bihar, Goa, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir. At present, there is no proposal to establish Regional Vocational Training Institute in the State of Telangana.


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Vocational/Training Centers

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that there are 11,972 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) affiliated to National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) with seating capacity of 16.94 lakhs across the country including unserved areas. ITIs impart training in 126 trades and awards ‘National Trade Certificate’ (NTC) which is recognized Nationally/Internationally. State wise details of ITIs is at Annexure-I. Further, there are 187 approved National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) partners with 2930 training centres across 474 districts in the country. There is a provision of reservation of 30% seats for women training in ITIs.


In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, NCVT has granted affiliation to 647, 897, 406 and 1222 number of ITIs during last three years and current year respectively. Under the scheme Modular Employable Scheme, a total of 10,176 number of Vocational Training Provider have been registered during last three years. Further, the Government is working on a scheme of setting up of new ITIs as Multi Skill Institutes (MSIs) across the country in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.




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Trained Personnel


Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that 30% of all the seats for all the courses in all Government and Private ITIs are reserved for women candidates.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, National Policy on Skill Development, 2009 had set a target to train 500 million persons by year 2022. The allocated targets under the policy for different Ministries/Departments is as under:



Shri Rudy said, there are over 70 skill development schemes across various sectors being implemented by over 20 Central Ministries/Departments to develop skilled manpower to meet the requirements of different industries. The achievements of Skill Development under these schemes are as below:-
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Further, National Skill Development Corporation has incubated 33 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) which are industry led bodies intended to align the         skilling efforts as per the industry’s requirement, the Minister added.


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Sector Skill Councils

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) are industry-led bodies, which are responsible for the defining the skilling needs, concept, processes, certification, and accreditation of their respective industry sectors in accordance with National Skill Qualification Framework. There are 33 SSCs in India in almost all major areas including agriculture, life Science etc. SSCs have designed as many as 1,034 Qualification Packs (QPs) and 3,646 National Occupational Standards (NOS).

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is the implementing agency for Standard Training Assessment and Reward (STAR) Scheme. There have been an over 14 lakhs enrolments across 19 Sector Skill Councils spread over 35 states and Union territories since launch of the Scheme out of which 9.11 lakh candidates have passed so far. Monetary Reward of Rs. 777.03 crores has been processed by NSDC for 761,022 Trainees, who have successfully completed their Training and Certification.

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Schemes for Tribal / Backward / Rural Youth


Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that there are over 70 skill development schemes across various sectors being implemented by over 20 Central Ministries/Departments. The coverage of the schemes is across all the states in the country including Jharkhand. The year wise targets and achievements of skill development by various Ministries/Departments is given below:
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In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, a National Skills Mission is proposed to be set up to consolidate all the skilling and entrepreneurship development activities in the country towards standardized procedures and outcomes.

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Funds for Skill Development

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) was set up in 2009 by the Government of India for raising funds both from Government and Non Government sectors for skill development in the country. During 2013-14, NSDF received Rs. 1310 crore for Skilling, UDAAN and STAR schemes. Rs. 1074 crore in 2013-14 and 665 crore in 2014-15 were released from NSDF to National Skill Development Corporation for implementation of these schemes through public private partnership.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, there are over 20 Central Ministries/Departments involved in implementation of more than 70 schemes for various skill development/ entrepreneurship programmes. A number of these schemes are implemented through Public Private Partnership providing training and other infrastructural facilities.

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Certification Courses for Youth

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that there are over 20 Central Ministries/Departments involved in implementation of more than 70 schemes for various skill development/entrepreneurship programmes. Most of these schemes are targeted towards the youth and have provision for third party assessment and certification.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, as per information available with National Skill Development Agency, around 76.37 lakh persons were trained during 2013-14 under these programmes/schemes. Moreover, the Government had launched in 2013 a scheme namely ‘National Skill Certification and Reward Scheme’ better known by its acronym ‘STAR’ for ‘Standard Training Assessment and Reward’. The Scheme aimed to encourage standardization in the certification process and provide monetary awards for Skill Certification to boost employability and productivity of youth. The scheme was in operation from 16 August 2013 until 14 September 2014and imparted skill/training to about 14 lakh persons.

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Armed Forces for Skill Development

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship aims to collaborate with the Ministry of Defence in a mutually beneficial manner, where ex-servicemen could be employed as trainers and assessors in the skill development ecosystem. This would address one of the major problems of lack of qualified trainers at skill training institutes in the country as well as have the dual function of providing an attractive career opportunity for reemployment of ex-servicemen.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the Ministry will enable ex-servicemen who already possess focused skills to enter and integrate with the job market through certification of skills under recognition of prior learning (RPL).

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Stamps as RTI Fee

The Government has constituted a committee consisting of representatives of Department of Personnel & Training, Central Information Commission, Department of Posts and Office of Controller of Accounts (Department of Personnel & Training) to examine whether postal stamps can be used for payment of RTI fees under the Right to Information Act, 2005. The Committee has given its report on 24.02.2015. The Committee has observed that the use of postage stamps as mode of payment for RTI fee/costs is neither legally feasible nor feasible from the accounting point of view. Moreover, it would not be in line with the Government initiatives towards Digital India. Hence, the Committee has recommended that postage stamps may not be used as mode of payment for RTI fee/costs. The report of the Committee has been accepted by the competent authority.

The Central Government has already launched RTI Online portal for online filing of RTI applications, including online payment of RTI fee/costs. Moreover, the facility of eIPO (electronic India Postal Order) has been launched for purchase of IPOs electronically by online payment.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Dhananjay Mahadik, Shri Satav Rajeev, Dr. Heena Vijaykumar Gavit and Shri Mohite Patil Vijayasinh Shankarrao in the Lok Sabha today

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Regional Incubation Science Hubs for Inventors

The National Council for Science and Technology Communication of the Department of Science and Technology has taken concerted efforts to set Up Regional Incubation Science Hubs for Inventors (RISHI) throughout the country for the purpose of fostering children’s dreams and passions for S&T. Talented students are encouraged to pursue potential ideas over a three week internship programme in one of these centers. Recently under RISHI, support was provided to Tezpur University, Assam; Gujarat Science City, Gujarat; G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Almora, Uttarakhand and Pushpa Gujaral Science City, Kapurthala, Punjab. The National Innovation Foundation- India (NIF), an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology also organizes an annual national level competition of students’ ideas and innovations called IGNITE where school students up to class 12th and school drop-outs up to the age of 17 years can participate.

This information was given by Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha today.

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Minister for Science & Technology Expresses Confidence That India will Achieve its Goals for Solar Power Sector



 The Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed confidence that the goal set by Shri Narendra Modi government for Solar Power generation in the coming years will be successfully achieved.   He was making a statement in the Parliament today on the historical landing of the world’s first Solar powered aircraft at 11.24 pm,  Last night at Ahmedabad. The aircraft began its global tour on Monday, the 9th March, 2015.  The Minister described it as a development in the world of science and technology which is of most profound importance for the future of not only India, its economy and society, but also the survival of the human civilization which is threatened by over-exploitation of nature and the climate change.

This aircraft, named Solar Impulse-2 (Si2), is capable of flying day and night solely on solar power. It is on a mission to spread information about the fantastic possibilities of life free of fossil fuels.  Its success will serve to convince all humanity that the Sun is the supreme source of energy with limitless powers.  It is also the major source of power which renews itself every day and forever, Dr. Harsh Vardhan added.

He congratulated the scientists, technicians, publicists and the pilots of Si2for their commitment and dedication to the vision of a cleaner and greener world.  He said the entire community of Indian scientists working on making the solar power cheaper and more efficient should be greatly enthused by landing of Si2 in our country.

The plane is made entirely of carbon fiber and has a wingspan of 226 feet.  But it weighs only 2.3 tonnes.  It is almost as big as an Airbus A380 which is currently the biggest aircraft powered by fossil fuels, but about 250 times lighter.  Si2 carries more than 17,000 photovoltaic cells rated at 66 kilowatts peak.  He called upon the Members of the Parliament to carry the message ingrained in the Si2 mission, that is to Recognize and celebrate Surya Shakti – the power of the sun.

The Minister said that the significance of Ahmedabad as choice of first landing in India should not be missed.  It is the capital of Gujarat, the state that has pioneered large scale harnessing and distribution of solar energy for everyday use.

In 2009, Gujarat became the first state in India and Asia to have established a Department of Climate Change to counter the threat to the planet posed by overuse of fossil fuels.  Shri Narendra Modi, who was then the Chief Minister, made the Gujarat Solar Park the largest hub of solar power generation in Asia, currently producing more than 1,000MW, the Minister added.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, now as Prime Minister, Shri Modi has set sights on India generating 100 Gegawatts of solar power by 2022.  He said the presence of Si2 in our midst today should make us believe that this is a possible target. The Minister said that aircraft manufacturing companies are bound to make solar-based planes within the next 10-15 years.

He also urged the people to ensure that coal, oil, wood and all traditional forms of energy, used for daily needs, are made a history.

He thanked the Government of Switzerland and the large number of R&D and business organizations both in Indian and in other countries that have made Si2 possible.  The aircraft and its crew are expected to take off for Varanasi on March 15th and after that it will fly to Myanmar and then to China.  Its biggest feat would be to cross the Pacific Ocean to the United States and then the Atlantic Ocean to Europe.

On behalf of the entire scientific community of India, the Parliament and the people of the country, he wished the project all success.

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Roadmap to Tackle Under-Nutrition Among Tribal Children

The Government accords priority to the issue of nutrition, particularly in respect of children, adolescent and women of poorer sections of the society including tribal population and has been implementing several schemes/programmes of various Ministries/Departments through State Governments/UTs. These schemes, interalia, include Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) of Ministry of Women and Child Development, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Mid Day Meals Scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Drinking Water & Total Sanitation Campaign of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and Targeted Public Distribution System of Department of Food & Public Distribution etc. In addition Ministry of Tribal Affairs is supporting growing and consumption of traditional minor millets, kitchen garden, consumption of greens and other traditional foods, backyard poultry, fisheries, etc.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs through regional consultations and its meetings has advocated and supported growing and consumption of traditional minor millets, green leafy and traditional vegetable in Kitchen Garden, rearing backyard poultry and fishery. In addition, it has supported construction of Toilets; hygiene habits amongst school children; use of recyclable material to reduce pollution; Iron Folic Acid supplement and De-worming of children. The Ministry has also initiated documentation of Tribal Crops and Food; Tribal Medicine and practices to improve Health and Nutrition issues.

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

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Implementation of Tribal Sub Plan

Recently erstwhile Planning Commission got a holistic evaluation study conducted through a third party agency on the effectiveness of the TSP strategy in terms of delivery and goods services to the tribal population. The report of the Study was made public during May 2013. The Study, inter alia, reported underperformance of TSP funds in fetching tangible results and for that matter triggering development of tribals. Besides, the Ministry held several consultations with the stakeholders in the Central Governments as well as State Governments and outside experts / agencies to gauge the deficiencies confronting tribal development with the desired pace.

In nutshell, besides other things, the prominent reasons for underperformance of TSP funds have been identified as (i) Lack of unified planning, implementation and monitoring mechanism (ii) Lack of effective mechanism to gel central plan TSP funds and State Plan TSP Funds (iii) Scattered financial resources used in a scattered manner (iv) Lack of location specific perspective plan (v) Lack of gap analysis (vi) Weakening of institutions specifically meant for delivery of goods and services to tribal population i.e. Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) / Integrated Tribal Development Projects / Tribal Research Institutes (TRI) and other Micro Projects. (vii) Utilization of TSP funds was more ritualistic than outcome based initiative based on gap analysis in HDI. (viii) Inadequate and insufficient administrative and financial powers with the Tribal Welfare Departments in the States and Ministry of Tribal Affairs at Centre.

The erstwhile Planning Commission in consultation with the Ministry has issued revised Guidelines during 2014 for implementation of Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) by the States /UTs and Central Government Ministries/Departments keeping in mind the holistic development of tribal people. The Guidelines, inter alia, reiterate the resolve of the Government for allocation of funds under TSP out of total Plan Outlays not less than the population proportion of STs in State as per 2011 census. The Guidelines further stipulates for non-diversion of funds meant for tribal areas and comprehensive monitoring framework with well-defined indicators, covering provisioning, service delivery standards as well as outcomes. The Guidelines recognizes respective Tribal Welfare Department in the States as the Nodal nodal department authorized to lead the process of TSP development.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has also issued “Operational Guidelines for Formulation, Implementation and Monitoring of Tribal Sub-Plan and Article 275(1) grants” in the month of March, 2014 for effective implementation of Schemes administered by the Ministry wherein issues related to allocation of funds, priority areas, need for nodal Department in States, judicious utilization of TSP fund, institutionalizing the instruments for ensuring transparency, accountability and social audit have been addressed. The Operational Guidelines have laid special emphasis on strengthening of institutions viz. Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) / Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP), Tribal Research Institutions (TRIs) through which tribal welfare programmes are implemented in the State. Further provision has been made for appraisal and approval of the proposals received from the States by a Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) consisting of Secretary (Tribal Affairs) as chairman with representatives of Planning Commission, Financial Advisor and representatives of the State as members/invitees.

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


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Acquisition of Tribal Land

Land has been acquired for mining, industrialization and non-agricultural purposes as per the requirement of project concerned, including land in Tribal Areas. State-wise details are not maintained at Central level. Studies show that tribal people who account for 8.6% of population (Census 2011) experience much higher displacement burden.

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 requires prior consent of Gram Sabha for acquiring land in Scheduled Areas where such acquisition is the last resort. Sections 43 to 50 of this Act contain provisions for Resettlement & Rehabilitation as part of the statute and specific safeguards to STs in respect of Scheduled areas under Section 41 and 42. Section 4(5) of The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 provides that no member of a forest dwelling Scheduled Tribe or other traditional forest dweller shall be evicted or removed from land under his occupation till the recognition and verification procedure for settlement of forest rights is complete.

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

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Survey to Gauge Socio-Economic Conditions of STs


             Facts and figures related to Scheduled Tribe Population as reflected in the Census 2011 indicates the following position:



Government throughvarious interventions has strategized the overall development of tribal people across the country, which takes care of necessary support for education, health, sanitation, water supply, livelihood etc to ameliorate their economic, educational and social conditions. The major part of development activities is carried out through various schemes/programmes of concerned Central Ministries and the State Governments, while the Ministry of Tribal Affairs provides additive to these initiatives by way of plugging critical gaps.
            The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has also issued “Operational Guidelines for Formulation, Implementation and Monitoring of Tribal Sub-Plan and Article 275(1) grants” in the month of March, 2014 for effective implementation of Schemes administered by the Ministry wherein issues related to allocation of funds, priority areas, need for nodal Department in States, judicious utilization of TSP fund, institutionalizing the instruments for ensuring transparency, accountability and social audit have been addressed. The Operational Guidelines have laid special emphasis on strengthening of institutions viz. Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) / Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP), Tribal Research Institutions (TRIs) through which tribal welfare programmes are implemented in the State. Further provision has been made for appraisal and approval of the proposals received from the States by a Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) consisting of Secretary (Tribal Affairs) as chairman with representatives of Planning Commission, Financial Advisor and representatives of the State as members/invitees.
         
            This information was given by Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Towards ‘Swacchhagraha’, Seminar on Gandhiji’s dream of Clean and Capable India from March 12

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate two day International Seminar

To further the Government’s objective of making ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ a people’s movement - ‘Swachhagraha’, a two day ‘International Seminar on Clean and Capable India of Gandhiji’s Dreams’ will be organized in the national capital during March 12-13, 2015. The seminar is being organized by the Rajghat Samadhi Samiti, a Statutory body, chaired by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu.

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the Seminar which seeks to facilitate a thorough and focused discussion on Gandhiji’s philosophy of cleanliness of physical environment and purity of soul and mind and the inter-linkages between the two. It will also discuss the issue of making the country a capable one through involvement and empowerment of each individual of the society as conceived by the Mahatma.

About 1,000 individuals from within and outside the country including Gandhian Scholars and representatives of Gandhian institutions besides students doing research on Gandhian thoughts and philosophy will be participating in the seminar spread over five sessions.

Gandhiji had set out on Dandi March on March 12, 1930 that laid the foundations for ‘Satyagraha’ movement that subsequently proved to be the corner stone of the country’s freedom struggle with the participation of the masses from across the country . The Swachh Bharat Mission launched on October 2, 2015 seeks to make the country clean and open defecation free by October 2, 2019 marking the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Mahatma. This Clean India initiative is sought to be accomplished through people’s movement, inspired by the quest for cleanliness i.e ‘Swachhgraha’.

The two day Seminar is the first such initiative of the Rajghat Samadhi Samati during its 58 years of existence. The idea of Seminar on Gandhiji’s thoughts pertaining to cleanliness and a capable India was mooted by Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu.


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Selection of Deserving Sportspersons



The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that promotion and development of specific sports disciplines, including selection of players, is the responsibility of the National Sports Federations (NSFs) 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 Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, with a view to ensuring fair and transparent selection, the Government has issued instructions to all the NSFs & IOA to place on their website the following information with regard to international events held in India and abroad:


(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.

The Minister said, in order to ensure adequate representation of sports persons in the sports bodies, the Government has issued Guidelines for inclusion of sportspersons (say 25%) with voting rights in the management of NSFs, which include persons from tribal areas also.
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Implementation of sports schemes in Rajasthan


The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Sports being a state subject, it is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments concerned for promotion and development of various sports disciplines in the country. The Ministry only supplements the efforts of State Governments, including the State of Rajasthan, in this direction by providing financial assistance in accordance with the approved pattern under the following Schemes:

i.        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.
ii.      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.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, both the above schemes are demand driven and funds are released to States/UTs in accordance with the approved guidelines on the basis of proposals received from them. No allocation of funds is made under these schemes State/UT-wise. Details of funds released to the State of Rajasthan under the above Schemes is given at Annexure I.

He said, in addition, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has the following Sports Promotional Schemes for development of sports in various parts of the country:
i.        National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC)
ii.      Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)
iii.    SAI Training Centres (STC)
iv.    Special Area Games (SAG)
Extension Centres of STC/SAGs
v.      Centre of Excellence (COE)


Annexure I
Details of funds released under Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA)/Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) towards infrastructure creation/maintenance and conduct of annual sports competitions

(Rupees in Crore




Details of funds released under Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) during 2008-09 for creation/maintenance of playfields and conduct of annual sports competitions



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Facilities for sportspersons



The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports provides Special Awards to Medal winners for the medals won in International Sports Events. Medal winners in National Games are not covered in the Ministry’s scheme of Special Awards.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, as Sports is a State subject, the primary responsibility for promotion and development of sports including identification and nurturing of potential talent is that of States.  However, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Sports Authority of India, an autonomous body under administrative control of the Ministry, supplement the efforts of the States under the following schemes:

I.          Schemes being implemented by the Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports
(i)                 “Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan” (RGKA), a centrally sponsored scheme introduced in 2014-15 in place of erstwhile Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan, aims at construction of Integrated Sports Complexes in all block panchayats of the country in a phased manner and providing access to organized sports competitions at block, district, state and national levels.
(ii)               Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme, introduced in 2010-11, envisages development of playfields by the State Governments through Playfield Associations, coach development programme through Central and State Governments, creation of infrastructure including laying of artificial turfs for hockey, football and athletics, and construction of multi-purpose hall. Under the Scheme, State Governments, local civic bodies, schools, colleges, universities and sports control boards are eligible for assistance.
(iii)             Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs) for conduct of National Championships at Senior, Junior, Sub-Junior level for men and women, conduct of international tournaments in India, participation of sportspersons in international sports competitions, organizing coaching camps, engagement of foreign coaches, and  procurement of sports equipments.
(iv)             National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for various activities including giving assistance to elite athletes, who are medal prospects for their customized and tailor-made training and competition exposure.
(v)               Scheme of Human Resource Development in Sports focusses on developing human resources in sports sciences and sports medicine for the overall development of sports and games in the country. The scheme also provides assistance to coaches and referees / judges to upgrade  knowledge / accreditation level and assistance for participation in and conduct of seminars in India, etc.
(vi)             Scheme of Special Cash Awards for Winners of medals in international sports events and their coaches.
(vii)           Scheme of Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons after they retire from active sports career with the objective of providing them financial security and incentivizing sporting achievements.
(viii)         Scheme of National Sports Awards, viz, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards, Dronacharya Awards, Dhyanchand Awards for honouring them for their achievements and contributions as sportspersons and coaches.
(ix)             National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons for providing lump sum financial assistance to sportspersons now living in indigent conditions for their medical treatment etc.
(x)               Scheme of Sports & Games for Persons with Disabilities for broad-basing of sports among differently-abled sportspersons by way  of conduct of training for community coaches, conduct of sports competitions and providing assistance to schools/institutes having differently-abled sportspersons on their rolls for procurement of sports equipments and engagement of coaches on contract basis.

II.        Schemes being implemented by Sports Authority of India
(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.  Similar arrangements are proposed to be made in Central Para-military forces.
(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 12-18  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 who are medal prospects for the country in international competitions.

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Cash incentive to sportspersons


The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that incentive in the form of cash awards under the scheme of ‘Special Awards to Medal Winners in Sports Events and their Coaches’ is given to medal winners and their coaches in international events as per details given below for the sports disciplines included in Olympic Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and chess.


Individual Events at Senior Level:
Category : Open category Sports




In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, in case of Individual events of Junior level, the amount will be one-third of the amount stated above in ‘Open category Sports’ and rounded off to the nearest tens of thousands of Rupees. And, in case of Individual events of Sub-Junior level, the amount will be one-sixth of the amount stated above stated above in ‘Open category Sports’ and rounded off to the nearest tens of thousands of Rupees. Medal winners in team events are given cash awards taking into consideration the strength of the team but it is ensured that a team member does not get less than half of the award money payable to a medal winner in an individual event.

Shri Sonowal said, the Government does not pay any remuneration to the sportspersons representing the country in the international sports events. However, for the participation of Indian sportspersons and teams in international sports events approved by the Ministry at cost to the Government, the Ministry meets the expenditure towards airfare, visa fee, overseas medical insurance, daily allowance, boarding & lodging, competition entry fee etc. Daily Allowance is paid at following rates for all members of the contingent approved at full cost to Government for approved number of days of training / competition plus two days before and one day after (excluding journey time):



However, the Ministry paid Daily Allowance / Out of Pocket Allowance @ USD 50 per day per person to sportspersons who represented the country in mega sports events such as Olympics 2012, Asian Games 2014 and Commonwealth Games 2014, the Minister added.


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