Scheme to develop hidden talents of boys/girls



Scheme to develop hidden talents of boys/girls
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports had launched the National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) in the year 2015 which aimed at (i) identifying sporting talent among students in the age group of 8-12 years and (ii) nurturing of the Sporting Potential /talent to make them excel at the National and International Sports Competitions. 

The scheme and the guidelines for its implementation were circulated to all the States/ Union Territories on 20.02.2015. However, in the meantime, the Government of India decided to restructure and merge centrally sponsored schemesinto one Central Sector Scheme to address talent search, grooming of talent and provision of infrastructure. 
In addition, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous body under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, is implementing the following Sports Promotional Schemes for identification and grooming of sportspersons by providing equipment and facilities: 
·         National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC)
·         Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)
·         SAI Training Centre (STC)

·         Special Area Games (SAG)
·         Extension Centres of STC/SAG
·         Centre of Excellence (CoX)
·         National Sports Academy (NSA)

Approximately 3700 boys and 1700 girls are undergoing training under the abovementioned Schemes at different SAI training centres. The trainees admitted under the above schemes, besides scientific coaching from experienced coaches, are also provided facilities as per norms of the scheme like free boarding and lodging, sports kit, educational expenses, sports equipment, competition exposure, insurance, medical expenses stipend etc.
 In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, however, the SAI is running National sports academies in different parts of the country. Such academies are also meant for sub-junior and junior levels. Details of the National Sports Academies run by the SAI are given below: 
Details of National Sports Academies run by the Sports Authority of India


S.
Sports Discipline
Location
No.


1.
Cycling Academy
Cycling Velodrome of Indira Gandhi


Stadium, New Delhi
2.
Swimming Academy
Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming


Pool Complex, Talkatora Stadium, New


Delhi
3.
Athletics Academy
Lakshmibai National College of Physical

(Sprints and Jumps)
Education, Thiruvananthapuram
4.
Athletics Academy
Sports Authority of India (SAI) Regional

(Middle Distance)
Centre, Bhopal
5.
Golf Academy
Thiruvananthapuram


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Sportspersons supported under TOPS
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that 106 sportspersons have been selected as on date for giving them financial assistance under
Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, which is being implemented within the ambit of National
 Sports Development Fund (NSDF). Names of sportspersons selected under TOP Scheme and the
 budget allocated to them is given in the Annexure.
 Statement of sportspersons selected under Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme and budget allocated to them 
S No
Name
Discipline
Indicative budget till Olympics



2016
1
Vikas Gowda
Athletics
112.50
2
Seema Punia
Athletics
75.00
3
Arpinder Singh
Athletics
45.00
4
Khushbir Kaur
Athletics
45.00
5
K T Irfan
Athletics
45.00
6
Priyanka Pawar
Athletics
30.00
7
Tintu Luka
Athletics
30.00
8
Debashree Majumdar
Athletics
30.00
9
M.R. Poovamma
Athletics
30.00
10
Anilda Thomas
Athletics
30.00
11
Ashwini Akkunji
Athletics
30.00
12
Jauna Murmu
Athletics
30.00
13
Sini Jose
Athletics
30.00
14
Mandeep Kaur
Athletics
30.00
15
Chavi Sharawat
Athletics
15.00
16
Anju Thomas
Athletics
15.00
17
Nirmala
Athletics
15.00
18
Arpitha M.
Athletics
15.00
19
K. Ganapathy
Athletics
30.00
20
Manish Rawat
Athletics
30.00
21
Sandeep Kumar
Athletics
30.00
22
Devender Singh
Athletics
30.00
23
Inderjeet Singh
Athletics
30.00
24
Navjeet Kaur
Athletics
20.00
25
Gurmeet Singh
Athletics
30.00
26
Jisna Mathew
Athletics
15.00
27
Tarundeep Rai
Archery
30.00
28
Atanu Das
Archery
30.00
29
Jayanta Talukdar
Archery
30.00
30
Mangal Champia
Archery
30.00
31
Viswash
Archery
30.00
32
Ranjit Naik
Archery
30.00
33
Deepika Kumari
Archery
50.00
34
Bombayla Devi
Archery
30.00
35
Rimil Buruily
Archery
30.00
36
Laxmi Rani Majhi
Archery
30.00
37
Dola Banerjee
Archery
30.00
38
Snehal
Archery
30.00
39
Sanjay Boro
Archery
20.00
40
Atul Verma
Archery
20.00
41
Binod Swansi
Archery
20.00
42
Madhu Vedwan
Archery
20.00


43
Saina Nehwal
Badminton
90.00
44
P V Sindhu
Badminton
90.00
45
P Kashyap
Badminton
90.00
46
K Srikanth
Badminton
90.00
47
Guru Saidutt
Badminton
60.00
48
H.S Prannoy
Badminton
60.00
49
Jwala Gutta
Badminton
60.00
50
Ashwini Ponnappa
Badminton
60.00
51
Manu Atri
Badminton
40.00
52
Sumeeth Reddy
Badminton
40.00
53
MC Mary Kom
Boxing
75.00
54
Sarita Devi
Boxing
75.00
55
Pinki Rani
Boxing
45.00
56
Devendro Singh
Boxing
75.00
57
Shiva Thapa
Boxing
45.00
58
Mandeep Jangra,
Boxing
45.00
59
Vijender Singh
Boxing
75.00
60
Vikas Krishan
Boxing
45.00
61
Sumit Sangwan
Boxing
30.00
62
Sarjubala Devi
Boxing
20.00
63
Dipa Karmakar
Gymnastics
20.00
64
Amit Saroha
Para-Athletics
30.00
65
Sharad Kumar
Para Athletics
30.00
66
Devendar
Para Athletics
30.00
67
Karamjyoti
Para Athletics
30.00
68
Narender
Para Athletics
30.00
69
Deepa Malik
Para Athletics
30.00
70
H N Girisha
Para Athletics
30.00
71
Sandeep Singh Maan
Para Athletics
30.00
72
Sharath Gayakwad
Para Swimming
30.00
73
Varsha Gautham
Sailors
45.00
74
Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan
Sailors
45.00
75
Abhinav Bindra
Shooting
112.50
76
Gagan Narang
Shooting
112.50
77
Sanjeev Rajput
Shooting
112.50
78
Ayonika Paul
Shooting
60.00
79
Apurvi Chandela
Shooting
60.00
80
Heena Sidhu
Shooting
75.00
81
Shewta Singh
Shooting
45.00
82
Malaika Goel
Shooting
45.00
83
Jitu Rai
Shooting
75.00
84
P N Prakash
Shooting
75.00
85
Vijay Kumar
Shooting
75.00
86
Rahi Sarnobat
Shooting
45.00
87
Anisa Sayyed
Shooting
45.00
88
Manavjit Singh Sandhu
Shooting
112.50
89
Ankur Mittal
Shooting
60.00
90
Mohd Ashab
Shooting
60.00
91
Kynan Chenai
Shooting
60.00
92
Chain Singh
Shooting
40.00
93
Gurpreet Singh
Shooting
30.00

94
Maana Patel
Swimming
20.00
95
Leander Paes
Tennis
60.00
96
Sania Mirza
Tennis
60.00
97
Rohan Bopanna
Tennis
60.00
98
Sushil Kumar
Wrestling
75.00
99
Yogeshwar Dutt
Wrestling
75.00
100
Bajrang
Wrestling
45.00
101
Amit Kumar
Wrestling
75.00
102
Rahul Aware
Wrestling
45.00
103
Babita Kumari
Wrestling
45.00
104
Vinesh Phogat
Wrestling
45.00
105
Geeta Phogat
Wrestling
30.00
106
Narsingh Yadav
Wrestling
30.00
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In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, an amount of Rs 4882.50 lakh has been allocated for TOP Scheme from NSDF. The source of fund in the NSDF is the contributions from various sources and Government of India’s matching contribution. Sufficient funds are available in the NSDF for the purpose.


Meghalaya to bid for 2022 National Games

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Allotment of National Games is done by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) from the bids submitted by the States to IOA. Government of Meghalaya has informed that it proposes to bid for National Games in 2022.

He said, realizing the potential of talented sportspersons available in North-Eastern Region of the country, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is already providing support for creation and development of sports infrastructure in North East States. Under the Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS), the Ministry has approved grant of Rs.87.50 crore for 15 sports infrastructure projects such as multi-purpose halls, astro-turfs for hockey, synthetic athletic tracks, during the period from 2010-11 to 2015-16 (upto 31.12.2015) and released grant to the tune of Rs.53.25 crore during this period in the N.E. region.

Further, financial assistance from National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) has also been provided for sports infrastructure projects viz., Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation for Construction of Gymnasium Hall and Procurement/ Installation of GYM Equipment (Rs.5.54 crore) and Dibrugarh University for Creation of Sports facilities in 10 affiliated colleges (Rs.2.23 crore).

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, Sports Authority of India (SAI) has 5 SAI Training Centres (STCs), 8 Special Area Games (SAG) Centres and 2 Centres of Excellence (CoE) in North Eastern Region, wherein sports infrastructure in the form of athletic tracks, hockey turfs, tennis courts, football grounds, multi-purpose halls, basketball courts etc. is available.

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Steps to increase medal tally at Rio Olympics, 2016

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Preparations for forthcoming Olympic Games, which are scheduled to be held from 5-21 August 2016 at Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), are going on in right earnest. Government is making every effort for training and coaching of Indian sportspersons and teams so that they win maximum number of medals and make the country proud.

He said, Identified medal prospects are being provided financial assistance for their customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support under Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, which the Government specifically formulated and launched in 2014 under National Sports Development Fund with the objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for Rio Olympics 2016 and Olympic Games 2020.

Further, National coaching camps are being organized and competitive exposure abroad is being provided to the identified probables so, that more and more sportspersons qualify for participation in Rio Olympics 2016 and put up their best performance in the Olympic Games.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, So far, 65 sportspersons [33 individual sportspersons in the disciplines of Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Shooting and Wrestling and 16 members each of Hockey (Men) and Hockey (Women) teams] have already qualified for Rio Olympics 2016. More are expected to qualify, as the qualification process will go on till July 2016.

Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Hockey, Shooting, Tennis and Wrestling are the focussed disciplines as far as India’s chances of winning medals at Rio Olympics are concerned.

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Tikhor park to be set up in Guwahati and Shillong

Rs 2 Crore earmarked by Chairman OC-SAG Shri Sarbananda Sonowal

Organizing Committee of 12th South Asian Games has earmarked Rs 2 Crore for Tikhor Parks (Games Mascot) to be set up in Guwahati and Shillong. In a unique initiative of Organizing Committee ,Tikhor Parks are being proposed to be set up to preserve the legacy of the 12th South Asian Games held recently in Guwahati and Shillong. It is proposed that these parks would be set up at Guwahati University and NEHU, Shillong,

The Executive Committee of 12th OC, SAG-2016, at Guwahati has decided that the legacy of the Games needs to be preserved and the Tikhor (Mascot) Park may be set up at Guwahati University and NEHU, Shillong, in commemoration of the Games. In pursuance of the above mentioned decision, it was decided to earmark Rs. 2 crore out of the savings of SAG-2016 (including contributions by CPSUs) for this purpose, which has been approved by Chairman, OC SAG and Union MoS (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal.

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Jual Oram Launches New Website of NCST

Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram launched the revamped website "http://www.ncst.gov.in" of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occasion the Minister appreciated the efforts put in by NCST officials in the preparation of the new website. The Minister said that new website is repository of information for research scholars, students, media persons and the common man. Shri Oram said additional features like interactive section, mobile app and interactive toll free number should also be added to the new website. The Minister also said that this Ministry will assist NCST in organising seminars in Delhi and outside on various tribal issues.

The upgraded website launched is in compliance of guidelines and has additional features for creating effective awareness and communication of constitutional provisions and safeguards provided to the Scheduled Tribes. It also aims to assist the various stake holders including petitioners/complainant to access to the findings of the Commission in respect of such petitions /complaints and reviews undertaken by the NCST of Central Ministries/State Governments/PSUs which are placed and updated, from time to time. Open Source Technology, cloud server of GOI in place of earlier server of NIC, Linked with the Social Media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube etc., Video streaming and FAQs are some of the important features of the new website.

Earlier, Dr. Rameshwar Oraon, Chairperson, NCST welcomed the Minister and gave him a brief presentation about the important features of the new website. Dr. Shyam S. Agarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Shri Anil K Agarwal, Secretary NCST and other senior officials of the Ministry and NCST were also present on the occasion.

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) was established by amending Article 338 and inserting a new Article 338A in the Constitution through the Constitution (89th Amendment) Act, 2003. By this amendment, the erstwhile National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was replaced by two separate Commissions namely- (i) the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), and (ii) the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) w.e.f. February 19, 2004

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