Revamping Khelo India and its impact on the sporting fraternity
A watershed moment in the history of Indian sports with the revamp of the Khelo India programme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to coming to power in 2014 had assured that a lot of emphasis would be given to sports.
During the four years in power, the government revamped the Khelo India programme with an estimated financial outlay of Rs 1,756 crore. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has showcased several of its achievements and initiatives in the past four years.
National Young Leaders Programme:
National Young Leaders Program was launched in December, 2014, to develop leadership qualities among the youth, with 5 following components and is implemented through Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.
- Neighborhood Youth Parliament
- Youth for Development Program
- National Young Leaders Award
- National Youth Advisory council
- National Youth Development Fund.
Budget allocation for the year 2017-18 is Rs. 14.14 Crores (as per RE 2017-18).
Neighborhood Youth Parliament Programs are being organized by involving NYKS-affiliated Youth Clubs with the objective of developing leadership qualities of the youth by involving them in debate/ discussions on contemporary issues.
During the current year, 5,216 Block level Programs have been organized, with participation of 4.47 lakh youth. In addition, 37,435 village-level neighborhood youth parliament programs involving 4.95 lakh youth.
Revamped Khelo India Program:
The Union Cabinet has approved the revamped Khelo India program with an estimated financial outlay of Rs.1, 756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the Program aims to encourage sports all over the country thus allowing the population to harness the power of sports through its cross-cutting influence and to use sports as a means of holistic development of children and youth, community development, social integration, gender equality, healthy lifestyle, national pride and economic opportunities related to sports development.
The revamped Khelo India Program would impact the entire sports ecosystem in the country through its twelve verticals which includes playfield development; community coaching development; promotion of community sports; establishment of a strong sports competition structure at both school and university level as also for rural / indigenous sports, sports for persons with disability and women sports; filling up of critical gaps in sports infrastructure, including creation of hubs of sports excellence in select universities; talent identification and development; support to sports academies; implementation of a national physical fitness drive for school children; and sports for peace and development.
National Sports University
Announcement for setting up National Sports University, Manipur was made by the Government in budget speech 2014-15. Govt. of Manipur has provided land for setting up university in west Imphal. Prime Minister of India laid the foundation stone for NSU on 16th March, 2018.
National Sports University will be first of its kind to promote sports education in the areas of Sports Science, Sports Technology, Sports Management, Sports Coaching and will also function as National training centre for selected training centres.
Pending finalization of National Sports University Bill, National Sports University Society established under the Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1989, has started functioning from the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex at Imphal. The Academic Session of 2017-18 commenced w.e.f. 15 th January 2018 with two courses namely BPES and B.Sc (Sports Coaching).
Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games
An Olympic Task Force (OTF) was set up in January, 2017 to prepare a comprehensive Action Plan for effective preparation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo, 2024 & 2028. The Task Force was entrusted with the preparation of an overall strategy for sports facility, training selection procedure and other related matters. The OTF has submitted its report in August, 2017.
As per recommendation of the Task Force of OTF, the Government of India (GoI) should set up an Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) as the single point entity with the responsibility to ensure proper preparation for the 2020 Olympics which are to be held in Tokyo (Japan). A Notification has already been issued with main Terms of Reference.
Athletes identified for Olympics are being provided financial assistance for customized training within the country and abroad under Target Olympic Podium Scheme of MYAS (Stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to the elite athletes). On the recommendation of the Olympic Task Force, the Ministry has on 15.9.2017 decided to give stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to all the athletes selected under Target Olympic Podium Scheme to meet pocket expenses during their preparation for participation in international sports events.
As on March 2018, 220 sportspersons are being provided with Out of Pocket allowance @ Rs.50,000/- pm.