Implementation of schemes for promotion/development of sports

Implementation of schemes for promotion/development of sports

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is implementing only one Centrally Sponsored Scheme for development of sports, namely the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA), w.e.f. 01.04.2014. This Scheme provides for construction of an integrated sports complex in each block of the country both for outdoor and indoor sports disciplines and also provides for grant-in-aid for holding competitions at block, district, State and National levels.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, in addition, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous body under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, implements the following sports promotional schemes all over the country in order to identify young sports talent in the age group ranging from 8-25 years and to nurture them to excel at National and International competitions:

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 (COE)

SAI National Sports Academies

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) Scheme provided for funding of infrastructure component through convergence of various schemes implemented by Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Development of North East Region, and erstwhile Planning Commission. However, no funds could be obtained towards infrastructure due to non-convergence of various schemes by the concerned Ministries. Accordingly, the Government of India, after consultation with the State Governments/Sports Authority of India (SAI), etc., has decided to restructure and merge a number of Centrally Sponsored Schemes, including the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of RGKA, into one Central Sector Scheme to address talent search, grooming of talent and provision of infrastructure to ensure its effective implementation.


Funds for training of sportspersons

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that sports is a State subject. Promotion and development of sports disciplines is mainly the responsibility of the State Governments and the concerned National Sports Federations (NSFs). Union Government supplements the efforts of the State Governments and NSFs by providing financial assistance to them under its various schemes of sports promotion. During the last three years, the Department of Sports assessed the requirement for its various schemes as Rs. 4,748 crores. Funds actually made available to the Department was Rs. 2,114 crores.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, for training of players, participating in top international competitions, the funding mainly comes from the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations, under which assistance is given to NSFs for holding coaching camps, procurement of sports and sports science equipments and consumables, engagement of foreign coaches / experts, etc. Under this scheme, the estimated requirement during the last three years was Rs. 650 crores.


Tie up of SAI for setting up of CRPF sports company 
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Government of India through Sports Authority of India (SAI) has approved establishment of a Boys Sports Company to be run by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Padma, Hazaribagh (Jharkhand).

Sports Authority of India proposes to provide the following financial assistance to CRPF for Boys Sports Company:-

Amount in Rs.
Boarding/lodging 330 days per trainee per year
Sports Kit (per trainee, per annum) (Max. Rs. 5000)

Educational Expenses (per trainee, per annum)

Competition Exposure (per trainee, per annum)
Medical (per trainee, per annum)

Insurance (per trainee, per annum)

Sports Equipment (per annum)
Maintenance of Playfield
Magazine/Periodical (per annum)
One time grant of linen and Blankets, per trainee.
One time grant for creation and development of infrastructure and purchase of essential sports equipments upto a maximum of Rs. 3.00 lakh.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, one time issue of training kit/aid, in the shape of Audio-Video equipments, special training equipment like multi-gym, wrestling mat, training films, etc. upto a maximum of Rs. 1.00 lakh. CRPF authorities have been requested to identify sports disciplines for Boys Sports Company to be set up at Padma, Hazaribagh. Cadets from the State of Jharkhand and adjoining States will be inducted in the proposed Boys Sports Company. Selection of Cadets will be carried out as per selection criteria fixed by Sports Authority of India, the details of which are given in Annexure.

Cadets Selection criteria fixed by Sports Authority of India.

i)`         Age :-
8 to 14 years.

ii)                  Relaxation:-
However relaxation both for lower and upper age limit as well as induction can be

granted by DG SAI in exceptional cases based upon outstanding performance in Battery of Test and also taking into account specific nature of sports. The performance of the trainees in the battery of test and achievements at the time of induction should be clearly documented.

The trainees, who failed in the Battery of test are provisionally selected and will be evaluated after six months for retention.

Battery of test result, specific test result and performance appraisal record considered at the time of admission should be properly documented as base performance so as to compare the performance enhancement of the trainees periodically.

A unique identity card (UID) number may be allotted to each trainee for the purpose of issue of UID Card and for maintaining data on computer.

Training diary of each individual trainee must be maintained, which will be taken into consideration at the time of retention and weeding out process.

iii)                Selection Criteria for Induction: -

a)                   Talents who are medal winners at District level Competitions or have participated in State level Competitions during the current or the year preceding admission may be admitted subject to age verification and being found medically fit.

b)                  Further talent may be selected by organizing the competitions among the short-listed talent in individual as well as in team events.

c)                     Talents who are medal winners in State/National level Competitions organized by recognized State or National Sports Federations may be admitted subject to medically found fit and after passing Anthropometric measurement, Physiological & Psychological tests and depending on age, discipline, event and evaluation of future potential.

iv)                Pre-condition for Admission:-
The admission in the above two categories may be made based on the performance

indicators, Anthropometric measurement, Physiological & Psychological tests and depending on age, discipline, event and evaluation of future potential, battery of test result etc. are to be documented at the time of induction.

v)                  Medical Checkup and Battery of tests:-

The talent selected on the above basis may be admitted after conducting specific skill

tests, motor quality tests, age verification, medical fitness tests and finding suitability for Army Recruitment in future as per Army QR so as to avoid future complication of finding the talent unfit for Army recruitment.

vi)                Retention Criteria:-

Retention of the inmate will be based on his/her maintaining the minimum level of performance on the basis of which the inmate was admitted and also achieving the target set for the year.

vii)              Weeding out:-
a)                   Not maintaining the expected level of performance
b)                  Dope abuse, age fraud, misconduct.

Allocation of funds for development of sports and youth affairs 
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Details of funds allocated and actual expenditure during last three years under various schemes of the Ministry are given is:

Department of Youth Affairs

(Rs. in Crore)

Actual Expenditure




Department of Sports

(Rs. in Crore)

Actual Expenditure




He said, the outcome of these expenditures for youth affairs has been youth club mobilization and organization, youth development and empowerment, training and deployment of youth volunteers for engagement in social action for nation building, skilled and employable youth Work Force, enrollment of NSS volunteers, conducting of their Special camps and adoption of villages by them for community service, promotion of national integration, communal harmony, adventure, life skills education, youth employability, counseling, career guidance etc. for both school going and out of schools adolescents, professionally trained Postgraduates and Researchers in youth work, training of trainers for creating a Cadre of master trainers, capacity building of youth functionaries, mainstreaming of tribal youth in north eastern region, promotion of youth travel in the country, promotion of Scouts and Guides movement in the country and exchange of delegations with friendly countries for promoting exchange of ideas, value and culture amongst the youth.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, the outcome of expenditures for Sports has been creation/development of sports infrastructure in rural areas, urban areas, conduct of sports competitions at block, district, state and national levels, organizing of coaching camps preparatory to participation in international tournaments, participation of Indian sportspersons and teams in international tournaments, engagement of foreign coaches and support personnel, procurement of sports equipment, conduct of national championships, conduct of international tournaments in India, disbursement of cash awards to medal winners in international tournaments and their coaches, pension to meritorious sportspersons, customized training of elite athletes and medal prospects in international sports events, grant of sports awards to sportspersons and coaches, identification of talented sportspersons and nurturing of identified talented sportspersons for their participation in national and international tournaments, preparing highly qualified teachers and leaders in the field of Physical Education and Sports, anti-doping measures etc.

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