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National Sports Development Fund

The National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) was established by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) in 1998 with the objective of mobilizing resources from non-government resources, including private/public sector and non-resident Indians for the promotion of sports and games in the country. 

The funds available under NSDF are mainly used towards supplementing government assistance to the elite sportspersons who are medal prospects at major international events, for meeting their specific coaching/training requirements by way of provision of scientific support and training within the country and abroad, purchase of equipment, participation in international competitions etc.  

The objectives of the fund also include construction of sports infrastructure, taking up research projects and development studies and promotion of international cooperation. 

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), under the Scheme of National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons, provides financial assistance to meritorious Sportspersons/ Coaches, who get injured/ incapacitated, for their medical treatment. For the management and administration of the Fund, a General Committee is constituted. 

The Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports is the Chairperson of the Committee which also includes the Secretary of Department of Sports, Financial Adviser of MYAS, President of Indian Olympic Association, Director General of Sports Authority of India, two eminent sportspersons including one woman and Joint Secretary (Sports).  

The Scheme was amended on 20.10.2009 to enhance the amount of assistance. The details of the quantum of financial assistance provided to sportspersons are as follows:

·Assistance to sportspersons living in indigent circumstances: A lump sum ex-gratia financial assistance may be granted to an outstanding sportsperson now living in indigent circumstances, subject to a maximum of Rs. 5 lakh.

·Assistance for injuries sustained  during training for and participation in international competition: A lump sum financial assistance to an outstanding sportsperson or his/her family may be granted under the Scheme:

In case of sustaining a fatal injury during training  for, or participation in, an international competition, subject  to a maximum of Rs. 5.00 lakh;

In case of sustaining injury other than a fatal injury, subject to a maximum of Rs.2.00 lakh provided that the assistance shall in no case be less than Rs. 10,000/-.

·Assistance to Families of Outstanding Sportspersons:  A lump sum financial assistance, not exceeding Rs. 2.00 lakh in each case, may also be provided to the families of outstanding sportspersons in indigent circumstances.

·Assistance for Medical Treatment:  A financial assistance not exceeding Rs. 2.00 lakh may also be provided for medical treatment of an outstanding sportsperson in indigent circumstances.

·Assistance to Sports Promoters:  Lump sum financial assistance, not exceeding Rs. 50,000/- may be provided to referees, coaches and umpires, who were eminent, but are not well off and are in indigent circumstances.

·Discretionary powers to the Chairperson: The Chairperson may sanction the assistance in deserving cases even to those who, technically, are non-eligible, depending upon the facts and circumstances of each case. The Chairperson will have the discretion to decide the quantum of assistance.



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