Union government would soon be launching the Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs 1756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. The programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.
The announcement was made by the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore while addressing the Yuva Sambardhana Utsav organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, at KIIT Campus, Bhubaneswar on 10 December 2017.
According to Rathore, the initiative marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports and will impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.
The campaign aims to promote 150 select schools from different districts and 20 universities across the country, as hubs of sporting excellence, which would enable talented sportspersons to pursue both education and competitive sports.
Other Key Features
• The programme would cover about 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive.
• It would also see the launch of a new Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme that would cover 1000 most talented young athletes each year across select sports disciplines.
• Each athlete selected under the scheme would receive an annual scholarship worth Rs 5 lakh for the duration of 8 years.
• Further, a campaign to spot sports talents under 17 years in schools will also be launched from 31 January 2018 to 8 February 2018 under the scheme. It will be telecasted live.
• Sports would also be given priority in Schools and Colleges under Khelo India Campaign.
• In fact, the year 2018 will be celebrated as the Year of Sports.