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Khelo India Programme


The Union Cabinet has approved the Revamped Khelo India Programme at a cost of Rs.1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.

Revamped Khelo India Programme

• Khelo India Programme has till now focused on infrastructure development (such as stadiums), on nurturing talent and connecting rural India to global games.
• The Revamped Khelo India programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.
• It would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.

Features of the Programme

• Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme: An annual scholarship of Rs. 5 lakh will be given to 1,000 talented young athletes for 8 consecutive years.
• Long-term athlete development pathway: The development pathway would be made available to groom young sported talent to excel in competitive sports. It will create a pool of highly competitive athletes who can compete to win at the world stage.
• Dual pathway: 20 universities across the country will be promoted to enable the sports persons to pursue the dual pathway of education and competitive sports.
• National physical fitness drive: About 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 will be selected under the drive with an objective to measure their physical fitness and to support their fitness related activities.

Objectives of the Programme

• The goal of this plan is to promote ‘Sports for all’ and ‘Sports for excellence’.
• Special measures will be adopted to promote gender equity and social inclusiveness.
• The programme aims at engaging youth living in deprived areas, in sporting activities and mainstreaming them in the nation-building process.
• To have maximum access to organized sports competitions, standards of competition are raised both at school and colleges.
• The use of latest user-friendly technology for promoting sports like use of National Sports Talent Search portal for talent identification, GIS based information system for locating and using sports infrastructure.
• The Programme also aims at creating an active population with healthy life-style.



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