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Union Cabinet approves revamped Khelo India Programme

This revamped programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development. It will impact the entire sports ecosystem including infrastructure, community sports, coaching and sports economy.

Sep 21, 2017 15:15 IST
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The Union Cabinet on 20 September 2017 approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs 1756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.

This revamped programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development. It will impact the entire sports ecosystem including infrastructure, community sports, coaching and sports economy.

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Highlights of the revamped Khelo India Programme
• It is an unprecedented Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme which will cover 1000 most talented young athletes each year across select sports disciplines.
• Each athlete selected under the scheme will receive an annual scholarship worth Rs 5 lakh for 8 consecutive years.
• This is the first time ever that a long-term athlete development pathway will be made available to youngsters to excel in competitive sports.
• It aims to promote 20 universities across the country as hubs of sporting excellence.
• It also aims at creating an active population with healthy life-style.
• It will cover about 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive.
• It will engage youth living in disturbed and deprived areas in sporting activities to mainstream them in the nation-building process.
• It will raise the standards of competition both at school and college level to have maximum access to organized sports competitions.
• It includes the use of latest technology in all aspects of sports promotion such as, use of mobile apps; National Sports Talent Search portal; interactive website; GIS based information system, etc.
• It strives to promote “Sports for All” as well as “Sports for Excellence".

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