CCEA approves Rs 1,500 crore rural sports initiative

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New Delhi, Mar 7 (UNI) In a major move to promote sports in rural areas, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved implementation of a Rs 1,500 crores scheme, where each village panchayat and each block panchayat would be given one time seed capital grant of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively, for setting up basic infrastructure facilities.

Termed the Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA), the scheme will entail giving an annual acquisition grant and annual operational grant at Rs 10000 and Rs 12000 per annum, respectively, block panchayats would be given Rs 20000 and 24000 respectively.

Each block panchayat would also be provided annual competition grant of Rs 50000 for holding block level competitions and each district will be provided annual competition grant of Rs 3 lakh for holding district level competitions. Further, prize money would also be provided to the winners (first three positions) in block level and district level competitions.

''The Mission outlay for the 11th Five Year Plan is Rs 1500 crore,'' Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Das Munsi told reporters at a briefing here.

PYKKA aims at providing basic sports infrastructure and promoting games/sports in rural areas in a phased and time-bound manner through concerted efforts of all stakeholders, particularly the State Governments, panchayats, educational institutes, sports promotion bodies and youth clubs.

Apart from contributing to public health, social inclusiveness, the promotion of indigenous games and the identification and nurturing of rural sports talent, PYKKA is also expected to stimulate the economic activities within the sports sector, as it would lead to an exponential growth in the demand for sports instructors, coaches, sports equipment and consumables and sports events and related support services.

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