Sports Authority of India to take care of all matters relating to Para-athletes

Sports Authority of India to take care of all matters relating to Para-athletes

The Ministry of Youth Affair and Sports has decided that all the matters relating to Para-athletes including selection of athletes for various sporting events, conduct of coaching camps, and submission of entries of para-athletes in international tournaments shall be taken care of by Sports Authority of India till further orders.

The Ministry had earlier suspended PCI in view of serious complaints received against it. Further, in order to protect the interest of para-athletes in the country, the Ministry has already requested International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to take certain steps including permitting SAI to send entries of para-athletes of the country to international competitions.

Target Olympic Podium Scheme

One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Department of Sports) have formulated ‘NSDF Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme’ in the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) with the objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.  Focused disciplines will be Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Wrestling and Shooting.

Outcomes and Progress: The selected athletes will be provided financial assistance for their customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support.  Benchmark for selection of athletes under the scheme will be in relation to international standards.  There will be annual/semi-annual review of performance of selected athletes.

A Committee namely, ‘TOP Scheme Elite Athletes Identification Committee’ has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri Anurag Thakur, M.P. for laying down elaborate norms for selection of the right candidates, review of performance and operation of the scheme.  Shri Rahul Dravid, Shri Pullela Gopichand, Shri Abhinav Bindra and Ms MC Mary Kom are among other members in the Committee.  As on 28th April 2015, the Committee, after detailed deliberations, has decided on athletes in the following disciplines for assistance under the scheme:

(i)                 Athletics (19 athletes) (Athletes for 4x400 Women’s Relay Team and Race Walking Team are yet to be identified)
(ii)               Archery (16 archers) (yet to be identified)
(iii)             Badminton (6 Players)
(iv)             Boxing (8 boxers)
(v)               Shooting (17 shooters)
(vi)             Wrestling (7 wrestlers)
(vii)           Yachting (2 sailors)

36 athletes have so far agreed to join the Scheme. 20 have submitted their programmes. Some of these programmes have been approved and assistance has started flowing to the athletes.

India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL), a PSU under the Ministry of Finance, has agreed to contribute Rs. 30 crore to National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) by contribution of Rs. 10 crore per annum for next three years.  Contribution of Rs. 10 crore for 2015-16 has already been received.

Benefits that have accrued or will accrue:   Customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support is being provided to the elite athletes, which would result in improved performance and a higher position in medals tally for the country in international sports events and mega-sports events.


Special Package for Development of Sports Infrastructure of J&K

One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.

For implementation of the 2014-15 Budget announcement for upgrading the indoor and outdoor sports stadiums to international standards in Jammu and in the Kashmir Valley., the Department of Sports is working in consultation with the Sports Department of the Government of Jammu & Kashmir.
It has been decided to develop Sports Infrastructure in the States of Jammu & Kashmir with the following objectives:

·               Creation of ultra-modern & high tech facilities in existing Stadia in Srinagar and Jammu.
·               Maximum operational efficiency of each sports complex.
·               Phasing of construction programmes.
·               Efficient management of movement of spectators, dignitaries and players.
·               Sports complex to be landmark and pride of the city.
            A proposal has been submitted by the J & K Government for Rs. 200 crore with the following features:

Ø  Reconstruction of the entire existing stadia on international specification with RCC frame structure, ten lane athletic track, sports hostel for 500 inmates both at Srinagar and Jammu at an estimated cost of Rs. 70 crores each.
Ø  Upgradation of indoor stadium both at Srinagar & Jammu.
Ø  Creation of water sports centre at Manasbal, Srinagar at a cost of Rs. 2 crore.
Ø  Construction of multipurpose indoor sports halls at an estimated cost of Rs. 4 Crore each at 8 places in the State.
Ø  The Proposal involves an estimated expenditure of Rs. 100 crores each for Srinagar & Jammu region with a total cost of Rs. 200 crores.

Outcomes and Progress: MOS (I/C), YAS has approved the proposal in principle. After consultation with State Government for implementation of the Project, Notice Inviting Tender (NIT) is being issued for selection of a Central/ State PSUs as Project Management Consultant (PMC) for executing the project. An allocation of Rs. 100 crores has been made during the current year.

Benefits that have accrued or will accrue: Special Package for Development of Sports Infrastructure of Jammu and      Kashmir will result in creation / upgradation of sports infrastructure and facilities for enhancement of sports facilities in Jammu & Kashmir.

Enhancement of sports facilities in Jammu & Kashmir will provide opportunity to youth of the State for engaging in sporting activities and help in weaning them away from militancy.


Introduction of National Young Leaders Programme

One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.

            The Government is focused on youth-led development. In order to enable youth to play key role in nation-building, it is important to develop leadership qualities among them. In this context, the Department launched a new Scheme, namely, ‘National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)’ in December, 2014. The Scheme has the following 5 components, namely,

a)      Neighbourhood Youth Parliament: To develop the platform of youth clubs of NYKS (Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan) in the shape of vibrant ‘neighbourhood youth parliament’ to educate the youth club members about contemporary socio-economic development issues and to involve them in debate/ discussions on such issues.
b)      Youth for Development Programme: To channelise the immense youth energy towards the nation-building, by involving them in Shramadaan (voluntary labour) on a large-scale all over the country.
c)      National Young Leaders Awards: To motivate the youth to strive for excellence in their respective fields by recognising and rewarding the outstanding work done by them.
d)      National Youth Advisory Council: To seek active involvement of the youth leaders as well as other stakeholders in the decision-making process on the youth related issues.
e)      National Youth Development Fund:  To mobilise funds for youth development from non-Government sources like CSR funds.

The implementation of the Scheme started in last quarter of the financial year 2014-15. The full impact of the Scheme will be felt in financial year 2015-16 only, but the benefits of the Scheme have started flowing. During 2014-15, 4,640 Block Youth Parliament Programmes were organised, in which 3.71 lakh members of NYK affiliated Youth Clubs participated. In these Programmes, the youth debated on important contemporary issues of significance to the community in general and youth in particular. The local administration and local bodies are actively involved in these programmes. The impact of these programmes is to actively involve the youth in governance process.  Steps have also been initiated for implementation of other components of the Programme as well.


Himalayan Region Sports Festival

One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.

Finance Minister in his Budget Speech for 2014-15 had stated that “Unique sports traditions have developed in the Himalayan region countries and the states which are a part of it. To promote these, India will start an annual event to promote these games and would invite countries such as Nepal and Bhutan also to participate in addition to the Indian states such as J&K, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and the North Eastern States. The Department of Sports has formulated Himalayan Region Sports Festival (HRSF) for promoting unique sports traditions in the Himalyan Region, which includes Nepal and Bhutan Indian states such as J&K, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and the North Eastern States.

Outcomes and Progress: The HRSF Scheme has been finalized and issued to the States and Guidelines for implementation of the Scheme are being prepared. First HRSF is proposed to be organized at Guwahati in the month of December, 2015.

Benefits that have accrued or will accrue: In the sports competitions to be conducted under HRSF, all the North Eastern States, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttrakhand and the neighboring countries such as Nepal and Bhutan will participate. These competitions will promote various indigenous games as also team spirit between the hilly states of the country and regional cooperation in the area of sports with neighboring countries.


Revision of the Scheme of Special Awards to Medal Winners

One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has revised the Scheme of Special Awards to medal winners in international events and their coaches on 29th January 2015.

Outcomes and Progress: In the revised scheme, the amount of award money have been enhanced. The amount of award money for medal winners in Olympic Games (summer and winter) has been enhanced from existing Rs. 50 lakh (gold medal), Rs. 30 lakh (silver medal) and Rs. 20 lakh (bronze medal) to Rs. 75 lakh, Rs. 50 lakh and Rs. 30 lakh respectively. The amount of award money for medal winners in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games has been enhanced from existing Rs. 20 lakh (gold medal), Rs. 10 lakh (silver medal) and Rs. 6 lakh (bronze medal) to Rs. 30 lakh, Rs. 20 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh respectively.  In the category of the World Championships, Asian Championships and Commonwealth Championships, three separate categories of award money  have been provided depending on whether the  championships is held once in  four years, once in two years or held annually.

Benefits that have accrued or will accrue: Amount of award money for medalists of Paralympic Games  (summer & winter), Para-Asian Games and Commonwealth Games (Para-Athletes) have been fixed at par with medalists of Olympic Games,  Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

IBSA World Championship of Blind, Deaflympics and Special Olympics (summer & winter), which were earlier not eligible for cash awards, have been included in the revised scheme of special awards.  

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan

One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA), a centrally sponsored scheme, was launched on 21.2.2014 in place of erstwhile Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA). Under the revised RGKA scheme, construction of a sports complex in each block of the country both for outdoor and indoor sports disciplines on land measuring about six - seven acres at a Total cost of Rs. 1.60 crore (Rs. 80 lakh each for outdoor playfield and indoor sports hall) will be undertaken. There is also provision of Rs. 15 lakh for sports equipment and Rs. 1.5 lakh for furniture to be provided by Department of Sports.    All the 6545 blocks in 634 districts will be covered in a phased manner over a period of 5 years.

Further, following sports competitions at block, district, state and national levels are conducted under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan:

(i)     Rural Sports Competitions
(ii)   Sports Competitions exclusively for Women
(iii) North East Games
(iv) Sports Competitions for Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Affected Areas

Outcomes and Progress: RGKA aims (i) to provide universal access to sports in rural areas and promote sports culture among both boys and girls; (ii) to harness available and potential sporting talent among rural youth, through a well-designed competition structure from the block level; and (iii) to put in place an effective mechanism to identify and nurture sporting talent in rural areas.

The above objectives will be achieved by construction of block level sports complexes and conduct of Annual rural Sports competitions.

Annual Rural Sports Competitions were conducted in 22 States in the year 2014-15 and a sum of Rs. 83.84 crore was released to these States for holding such competitions.  A total number of 7666 athletes participated at the National level sports competitions. The first three winners were given utility prizes, medals and prize money. The participants were youth and from rural areas.

Benefits that have accrued or will accrue: Construction of sports complexes at block level will address the problem of inadequate sports infrastructure in rural areas. Conduct of annual rural sports competitions will encourage and promote sports and games among rural youth, by providing them with access to basic sports infrastructure in the form of play fields and providing access to advanced sports infrastructure facilities including sports equipment of requisite quality at the Block level, and opportunity to participate in sports competitions at the Block, District, State, and National levels, leading to the identification of the sporting talent in the sports competitions at various levels and nurture the sporting talent.

Creation of Sports Infrastructure under the scheme will be taken up during the current year 2015-16.  Under the erstwhile PYKKA Scheme playfields were developed in village and block panchayats with lesser funds. Under RGKA as stated above the sports complex will be developed in blocks at a cost of Rs. 1.60 crore (both Indoor and Outdoor). Similarly the competitions grants have also been enhanced suitably under the RGKA Scheme. This change will provide better sports facilities to the participants.

Punarjagaran (Rejuvenation) Programme

One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.

            NYKS launched a year-long youth awakening programme called ‘Punarjagaran’ (Rejuvenation). The Programme was inaugurated on 02.10.2014 from 4 corners of India, namely, Leh (J&K) in North, Okha (Gujarat) in West, Kanya Kumari (Tamil Nadu) in South and Roing (Arunachal Pradesh) in the North East. The Programme will culminate at Mathura (UP), the birth place of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, on 25.09.2015, the birth centenary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.  The Project will cover 100 District on the 4 routes and in each District, 100 villages will be covered. Thus, 10,000 programmes will be organised in 10,000 villages of 100 Districts. Finally, on 25.09.2015, about 10,000 youth, representing all 100 Districts, will assemble at Mathura for a National Youth Convention.

The Programme is making significant impact on the ground level, in terms of spreading the message of harmony and brotherhood, creating awareness on various social issues and creating awareness about Government programmes and initiatives like Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat Mission, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Andolan, etc.

National Sports University at Manipur

One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.

The proposal for setting up of National Sports University in Manipur was formally announced by the Hon’ble Finance Minister in his Budget Speech 2014-15.

Outcomes and Progress: B.PEd, MPEd, Diploma / certificate courses in coaching, physiotherapy, fitness, sports management, sports journalism, etc. will be available at the National Sports University in Manipur.

Location of the proposed University has been identified in Thoubal district of Manipur. Land acquisition has been started by the Government of Manipur. As per latest information, an area of 163 acres of land has already been taken over by the Government of Manipur and 47-49 acres will be taken over shortly.  However, handing over land for the proposed University will take some more time. Therefore, it is proposed to start the University at the Integrated Sports Complex at Khuman Lampak, Imphal, from the academic year 2015-16. Initially, it would be affiliated to the existing North Eastern Regional Centre (NERC) of Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior. After the necessary infrastructure is created along with the engagement of Faculty, the National Sports University would be fully functional.

Benefits that have accrued or will accrue: Setting up of National Sports University in Manipur will result in giving an opportunity for youth of country in general and of North Eastern States in particular for pursuing courses such as B.PEd, MPEd, Diploma / certificate courses in coaching, physiotherapy, fitness, sports management, sports journalism, etc.


National Sports Talent Search Scheme

One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.


A new Scheme National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) has been formulated for talent identification in the age group of 8-12 years and nurturing of identified talented sportspersons.

Outcomes and Progress:

(i) Identification of sporting talent among students in the age group of 8–12 years (for admission in Class IV to Class VI) who possess inborn qualities such as anthropometric, physical and physiological capabilities without any anatomical infirmities.

(ii) Nurturing of the 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. This will help broaden the pool of Sportspersons in the Country.

Scheme and Guidelines of new scheme have been communicated to State Governments/UTs on 20.2.2015.

Benefits that have accrued or will accrue: Identification of talented sportspersons in the age group of 8 – 12 years in schools all over the country through a battery of tests and nurturing of identified talented sportspersons in sports schools will help broaden the pool of sportspersons in the country. The Scheme will facilitate development of Indian sports, particularly rural sports. Any success in National/International sports events will bring honour to the country as well as to the respective States which the sportspersons represents.  


Community Service/ Nation-building 

One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.

About 11.5 million Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) / National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers were involved in community service and various nation-building activities, creating very positive social impact. There was significant increase in the community service activities in 2014-15 vis-à-vis 2013-14, as can be seen from the following:
S. No
Programme/ Activity
Unit of Measurement
Environment Conservation (Plantation of Saplings)
No. of Saplings (in Lakhs)
Blood Donation
No. of Units (in Lakhs)
Pulse Polio Immunisation by NSS volunteers
No. of children benefitted (lakhs)
Formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs)

No. of SHGs
Health Check-up Camps (DOTs, Hypertension, Diabetics and others)
No. of Camps

NYKS/ NSS volunteers have been very actively participating in Swachh Bharat Mission activities all over the country right from September, 2014. The volunteers participated in programmes for creating awareness on social issues/ against social evils, round the year. NYKS is implementing projects in Punjab for creating awareness on prevention of drug abuse and alcoholism and for prevention of female feticide. NYKS volunteers also participated in various other activities such as immunisation of pregnant mothers and children, facilitating institutionalised deliveries, motivating girls and their parents to postpone marriage of girls till attaining 18 years, camps for cataract operations, providing access of iron folic acid tablets to adolescent girls, facilitating enrolment of children in schools, facilitating issue of voter ID cards, etc. 
Youth Development and Empowerment 
One Year Achievement of NDA Govt.

There was significant increase in the youth development and empowerment efforts, undertaken through Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), National Service Scheme (NSS) and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), in the year 2014-15 vis-à-vis 2013-14, as can be seen from the following:
S. No
Programme/ Activity
Unit of Measurement
Training on Youth Leadership and Community Development
No. of Youth
Skill Upgradation Training of youth club members of NYKS and Skill Training of NSS Volunteers
No. of Youth
Training/ Capacity Building of youth and youth functionaries on various contemporary issues (through RGNIYD).
No. of Youth
Awareness and Education Programmes on contemporary issues
No. of Youth
Adventure Camps for promoting the spirit of adventurism
No. of Youth
Life Skill Education Camps for development of adolescent youth
No. of Adolescents
Awareness Programmes on Days of National and International Importance
No. of Youth
Promoting National Perspective among youth through:
§         National Youth Festival
§         National Integration Camps
§         NSS Mega Camps and North East Youth Festivals
§         Tribal Youth Exchange Programme (for youth from LWE Districts)
No. of Youth




Promoting International Perspective among youth through youth exchange programmes with China, South Korea, and other countries (youth exchange with Nepal started in April, 2015).
No. of Youth
Youth-led Development Outreach Programme of RGNIYD through linkage with 250 colleges
No. of Youth


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