Union Government merged Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyaan with Khelo India

Apr 21, 2016 13:17 IST

The Union Government in the third week of April 2016 has merged Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA), launched by the UPA government, with the Khelo India programme for development of sports.

Two other sport projects, Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) and National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS), launched by the Congress-led UPA regime have also been absorbed under Khelo India.

Khelo India is based on Gujarat's model of Khel Mahakumbh, in which schools and colleges from different parts of the country participate in about 27 disciplines. Similarly, the Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG) organises summer camps under this project every year.

About Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan was a centrally sponsored scheme launched on 21 February 2014 in place of erstwhile Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA).

PYKKA is a rural sports initiative introduced by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India to promote youth and social development through sports.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan aimed at constructing sports complexes in each block and exclusively both for outdoor and indoor sports discipline for 5 years.

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