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Schemes for Promotion of Sports in Rural and Sub-Urban Areas in India

2010-04-04

'Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan', a centrally sponsored scheme, has been introduced from 2008-09, for creation of basic sports infrastructure in all village and block panchayats and for conducting sports competitions at block, district, state and national level in India. The XIth Five Year Plan outlay for this scheme is Rs.1500 crore. The scheme envisages to cover around 2.50 lakh village panchayats and 6,400 block panchayats (including their equivalent units) in a phased manner, over a period of 10 years, at an annual coverage of 10% for normal states and 20% in the case of special category states and border districts. The scheme is implemented through the state governments/ UTs. administrations. An amount of Rs. 8.89 crore was released to Government of Uttarkhand during 2008-09 and 2009-10 for creating basic sports infrastructure in 750 village panchayats and 10 block panchayats. For conducting competition in 95 blocks and 13 districts during 2009-10, an amount of Rs.1.03 crore was already released to Uttarkhand State. This was stated by Shri Pratik Prakashbapu Patil Minister of State of Youth Affairs & Sports in the Rajya Sabha today, in a written reply to a question by Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

The Minister further stated that scheme of Special Area Games (SAG) is implemented by Sports Authority of India (SAI) under which, sports talent in tribal, areas is identified and nurtured. The trainees, who are in the age group of 14 to 21 years, are admitted in the training centres on residential and non-residential basis. They are provided with sports kit, sports equipments, competition exposure, insurance, medical expenses, etc. There are 21 centres wherein 1142 boys and 775 girls are now being trained.

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