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Funds for schemes for benefit of youth and sports activities




Funds for schemes for benefit of youth and sports activities


The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the scheme wise details of Plan Budget Outlays allocated during the year 2015-16 are given is:



(Rs. in crore)
Sl.
Name of the Scheme
2015-16
No.


1.
Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS)
133.75
2.
National Service Scheme (NSS)
70.15
3.
National Youth Corps
33.00
4.
National Programme  for Youth and Adolescent Development
17.10

(NPYAD)

5.
Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)
20.00
6.
International  Co-operation  including  Commonwealth  Youth
7.00

Programme (CYP)

7.
Promotion of Scouts and Guiding
1.50
8.
Youth Hostel
1.50
9.
National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)
100.00
10.
Sports Authority of India (SAI)
345.78
11.
Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior
45.00
12.
Special Cash Awards to Medal Winners in International Sports
30.00

Events Including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

13.
Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons
2.00
14.
Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs)
185.00
15.
Human Resource Development in Sports
5.00
16.
National Sports Development Fund
5.00
17.
Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS)
25.00
18.
Anti-Doping Activities [National Anti Doping Agency (NADA);
12.00

National  Dope  Testing  Laboratory  (NDTL);  Scheme  for


contribution to World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)]

19.
Promotion of Sports among Disabled
4.00
20.
SAI Stadia Renovation
0.10
21.
National Institute of Sports Science & Sports Medicine
0.50
22.
National Institute of Sports Coaching
0.50
23.
National Physical Fitness Programme Resource Centre at LNIPE,
0.10

Gwalior

24.
Scheme for Identification & Nurturing of Sporting Talent in the
0.50

Country (INSTALL)

25.
Enhancement of Sports Facility at J&K
100.00
26.
Sports University in North-East
50.00
27.
National Sports Talent Search System Programme
100.00
28.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA)
95.00

Total:
1389.48

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports introduced a new scheme namely, National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP) during 2014-15.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports reviews the schemes from time to time keeping in view the developments taking place in the field of youth affairs and sports and suggestions received from various stakeholders.

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Lack of infrastructure for differently-abled athletes 
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that ‘Sports’ is a State subject.  The primary responsibility for development and promotion of a sports discipline including creation of sports infrastructure for differently-abled/athletes rests with the State Governments. Government of India only supplements the efforts of the State Governments for creation of sports infrastructure under the Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) subject to the receipt of viable proposals from the State Governments. No State-wise and sports-wise allocation is made under the scheme.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, during past, complaints were received about lack of basic minimum facilities to athletes including para-athletes during the various championships/tournaments. The primary responsibility for organising the events rests with the National Sports Federations (NSFs) and their affiliated units. Therefore, all NSFs were directed on 23-04-2015 to adopt various measures while organizing tournaments namely the tournaments/championship should be held in such stadia/indoor halls etc which are easily accessible to the athletes and in case the event is for differently-abled athletes, the facilities should be disabled-friendly; provision of neat and clean toilets, including disabled friendly toilets, etc.


The following schemes are implemented by the Department of Sports for the promotion of sports among physically challenged sportspersons:-

(i)                 Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs):-

Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided to NSFs for organizing national/international events in India, participation of India in international events, organizing coaching camps, procuring sports equipments etc. Para Sports, Deaf Sports and Sports for Children with special needs have been put in the ‘Priority’ category so that the athletes get substantial financial assistance under the scheme. Details of financial assistance provided to NSFs under this scheme during the last three years are given in the enclosed annexure.

Funds released to NSFs for differently-abled athletes during last three years

S. No.
Name of the Federation
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15





1
All India Sports Council of the Deaf, New Delhi
59.07
87.49
3.02





2
Paralympic Committee of India, Bangalore
175.46
143.40
197.72
3
Special Olympic Bharat, New Delhi
69.28
274.51
19.17






Total
303.81
505.40
219.91


(ii)               Scheme of Pension to Meritorious sportspersons:-

Under the scheme, Indian sportspersons of the age of 30 years and above who have won gold, silver and bronze medals in Paralympic Games are eligible for life pension after their retirement from active sports.

(iii)             Scheme of Special Awards to medal winners in international sports events:-

Winners of medals in Paralympic Games, para-events in Commonwealth Games, Para-Asian Games are eligible for special awards at par with medal winners of Olympic/Asian/Commonwealth Games.

(iv)               Recognition by way of conferment of Arjuna Awards:-

Arjuna Awards are conferred on sportspersons in recognition of their good performance in international sports events. The scheme provides at least one such award exclusively for physically challenged sportspersons.

(v)               Scheme of Sports & Games for the disabled:-

The scheme has provisions for giving grants for purchase of consumables and non-consumable sports equipments for schools, training of coaches and holding District, State & National level competitions for the Disabled.


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Annual games and sports competitions at block panchayat levels 
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports was implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme namely, Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) Scheme for creation of basic sports infrastructure in village and block panchayats and for providing central assistance to States/UTs for holding annual sports competitions viz. Rural, Women and North East Games at block, district, state and national levels from 2008-09 to 2013-14. The PYKKA Scheme was restructured as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) w.e.f. 01.04.2014.

He said, the RGKA Scheme provides for grant of funds to States/UTs for construction of a sports complex in each block of the country both for outdoor and indoor sports disciplines and also for holding the following annual sports competitions at Games at block, district, state and national levels:

(i)           Rural Sports Competitions

(ii)         Sports Competitions exclusively for Women

(iii)       North East Games

(iv)       Sports Competitions for Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Affected Areas

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, the RGKA (as erstwhile PYKKA), provides for release of funds to States/UTs, including the State of Uttar Pradesh, for conduct of annual sports competitions as per the norms laid down in the Scheme. However, village and block panchayat-wise details are not maintained in the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.

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Developing activities of Yuva Kendras 
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Government allocates funds under Block Grant to Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan(NYKS) to develop activities of Yuva Kendras established in the states across the country. These Yuva Kendras undertake multifarious activities through a large network of Youth Clubs/ Mahila Mandals and Volunteers who work at the grassroots level. The programmes undertaken by these Yuva Kendras are for youth club development, awareness and education, capacity enhancement, promotion of spirit of sportsmanship, promoting folk art and culture, skill up-gradation and programmes for promotion of national unity. These programmes and activities facilitate to make Yuva Kendras socially vibrant and productive and work for National Welfare and integration. Some of the major Programmes are as under:-

  1. Youth Club Development Programme

  1. Training on Youth Leadership and Community Development

  1. Theme Based Awareness and Education Programme

  1. Promotion of Sports (Sports material to Youth Clubs)

  1. Cluster and District level Inter Youth Club Sports Meet
  2. Skill Up-gradation Training Programme for Young Women and Men
  3. Promotion of Folk, Art and Culture
  4. Observance of Days of National and International Importance
  5. District Youth Convention and Yuva Kriti
  6. Awards to Outstanding Youth Club at District, State and National levels
  7. Organizing National Integration Camps (NICs)

  1. Youth Leadership and Personality Development Programmes (YLPDPs)
  2. Life Skill Training Programmes and Adventure Camps


In addition to above, these Yuva Kendras are undertaking the following programmes with funding from other Ministries/ Organizations:-

1.      Tribal Youth Exchange Programme

2.      Adolescent Health and Development Project (AHDP)

3.      Projects on Awareness and Education for Prevention of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism in Punjab, etc.





(c)  The details of funds allocated and utilized by NYKS during the last five years are  as under:-


(Rs. in lakh)




Year
Allocation
Expenditure



2010-11
16273
16181



2011-12
16790
16505



2012-13
18446
15716



2013-14
20391
19109



2014-15 (Provisional)
23434
21018



In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, there are 623 Nehru Yuva Kendras in the country and each Kendra is having sanctioned strength of one post each of District Youth Coordinator (DYC), Account Clerk Cum Typist (ACT) and Multi Tasking Staff (MTS). At present there is a sanctioned strength of 623 Youth Coordinators, out of which, 279 are been filled up and remaining 344 posts are lying vacant. In order to ensure that the Government Programmes do not suffer, alternative arrangements have been made. In case of Kendras where full time DYCs are not available, the activities are carried on by assigning additional charge to the DYCs of the other Districts. In addition, the situation is also being managed by taking officers on deputation and re-employment of retired officers on contract basis for limited period, subject to suitability.
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