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Opening Statement of Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore at Media Interaction



Opening Statement of Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore at Media Interaction

Following is the Opening Statement of Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore at his media interaction here today:

The government commitment towards sports and youth can be seen in increasing budgetary allocations to the ministry since the Modi government came to power.

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National Program for Development of Sports, in the form of revamped Khelo India scheme, has received a massive boost in allocation. From rupees 158 crore in 2016-17, the allocation for the program stands at rupees 575 crore for FY 18-19. Other than the 12 verticals of Khelo India, it is our vision to develop sports in Jammu and Kashmir, for which a separate allocation of 50 crore rupees has been made. Khelo India will see a massive push towards development and upgradation of sports infrastructure in the country.


o For northeastern states, budget increased from 104 crores in 2012-13 and 109 crores in 2013-14 to 148 crores in 2017-18 and 173 crore rupees in 2018-19. The government is committed to putting special emphasis on northeastern states. Those states have given us many sports champions we can be proud of. Moreover, one of the verticals of Khelo India aims to promote sports for peace and development, especially in regions ravaged by militancy. The budget is reflective of this fact.

o National Sports University in Manipur has started offering courses. A bill granting statutory status to the same has been introduced in the Parliament


o Infrastructure development is one of the prime verticals of Khelo India.

o For infrastructure development, grants-in-aid to be provided to States/ UTs, SAI, universities etc. to develop critical sport infrastructure and other infrastructure, where there are gaps.

o An amount of Rs 50 crore (at an approximate cost of Rs 25 crore per University, which may go upto Rs.50 crores per University depending on actual requirement) will be earmarked for supporting hubs of sporting excellence.

o A total of up to 4 such centers are proposed to be set up per year with supplementary support from the UGC. These centers will cater to both University athletes as well as National level athletes.


o Out of the talented players identified at various levels through different avenues, 1000 top athletes will be identified every year and provided annual financial assistance, at the rate of Rs 5.00 lakh per annum, for a period of 8 years under a Long Term Athlete Development Programme.

o For the next 8 years, every year, 1000 athletes will be added to this program.


o The Budget Estimate /Revised Estimate for 2017-18 has been enhanced from Rs. 10 crores to Rs. 30 crores in BE 2018-19. This is an increase of 200%. We believe that a holistic system for producing world-class coaches is the need of the hour for Indian sports.

o Along with sports infrastructure, development of soft skills is a major focus area of Khelo India. One of the verticals that aim to achieve this is the Community Coach model. (This is different from the coaching expenditure mentioned in the previous point)

o A cascading model of Community Coach Development will be adopted for development of community coaches across the country. Under this, 2000 accredited PETs will act as master trainees and impart training to community coaches and teams. The designated institutes for the same will be Lakshmibai National Institute for Physical Education, Gwalior, and various institutes of SAI.


o The Modi Government had announced a special package of 200 crore rupees for the development of sports and related infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir.

o MYAS has undertaken a number of projects in the state, including the upgradation of two stadia, sports equipment and infrastructure upgradation and development of coaches and trainers etc.


o Under this scheme, 220 athletes have been declared eligible for Out of Pocket Allowance from September 2017. This allowance, at rupees 50,000 per month per athlete, will be for miscellaneous pocket expenditure of those athletes.

o This assistance is IN ADDITION TO the amount sanctioned for the training and competition exposure of those athletes under TOP scheme.

o NSDF has released a total amount of Rs 4.62 crore till date on account of Out of Pocket Allowance to 206 athletes. The payment is held up in the case of 14 athletes due to non-availability of Aadhar/NADA clearance etc.


o SAI centers across the country are involved in training young sporting talent. We are working on a grievance redressal and complaints system whereby any trainee can call up a number, and register any complaint they may have against the center in question (e.g. oily food, poor equipment etc.). Trainees know best the day-to-day management of such facilities, and this feedback system is important to us.

o Moreover, we are working to put in place a system of surprise checks and inspections across all the SAI centers across the country.


? The 1st Khelo India School Games, 2018 were held between 31st January to 8th February, 2018

? 3507 Players from 29 States and 7 Union Territories participated.

? Medal Tally- 199 Gold + 199 Silver +275 Bronze medals

? Biggest State contingents:

1. Maharashtra- 331 players

2. Haryana 388 players

3. Delhi 359 players

? Support staff at KISG : 875 Coaches, 578 Managers

? Technical conduct by 578 nationally and internationally certified Technical Officials.

? Accommodation provided in various Hotels through M/s. Thomas Cook International:

? 868 number of Volunteers participated

? Approx. 650 numbers of Medical Cases during the Games.

? Approximately 550 Talents is to be identified during the Talent Identification process.

? Overall championship Results:

a. Haryana 38 Gold, 26 Silver 38 Bronze: Total: 102 Medals

b. Maharashtra - 38 Gold, 26 Silver 38 Bronze: Total: 111 Medals

c. Delhi - 38 Gold, 26 Silver 38 Bronze: Total: 94 Medals

Major Achievements

? In Swimming, Shri. Srihari Natraj from Karnataka won 6 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal. Shrihari Natraj from Karnataka broke Senior National 100 Mtr Backstroke record in KISG 2018. His previous time was 57.20 and he gave 56.90 in KISG. He has qualified for Asian age group and Youth Olympic Games.

? In Shooting, Smt. Manu Bhaker from Haryana with the score of 387 has achieved the new National record Air Pistol Women Qualification round. In the finals also, Manu Bhaker with the score of 241.1 have broken her own National record, achieved in Kerala, 2017. She is also quota winner of Youth Olympic Games, 2018.

? In Athletics, Mr. Abhishek Singh of U.P won the Gold in Shot put with a throw of 18.73 m and was declared the best Boy athlete. In 100 m hurdles Ms. Aparna Roy of Kerala secured the Gold medal with a timing of 14.02 sec and was declared the best Girl athlete.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 00:20 IST