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Action Plans to Promote Hockey and Kabaddi

National Sports Federations (NSFs) to prepare action plans for the concerned sport. This was stated by Shri Ajay Maken, Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, in the Rajya Sabha today, in a written reply to a question by Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot. The Government supplements the efforts of the recognized NSFs as per the agreed Long Term Development Plans (LTDPs).

The Government provides financial assistance to the NSFs for promotion of sports activities such as holding of coaching camps for national level sportspersons, holding of zonal and national  championships for sub-junior, junior and senior categories, organization of International tournaments in India, training and participation of sportspersons/teams in international tournaments abroad, procurement of sports and sports science equipment from indigenous sources or through import, appointment of National Coach, engagement of foreign coaches/experts. Further, identification and nurturing of the identified talent from the disciplines of hockey and kabaddi is done under the following Schemes of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) :

    • National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC) Scheme
    • Army Boys Sports Companies (ABSC) Scheme

    • SAI Training Centers (STC) Scheme

    • Special Area Games (SAG) Scheme

    • Centre of Excellence (CoE) Schemes

Rs.3007.58 lakhs and Rs.142.77 lakhs were spent on hockey and kabaddi respectively from the Central Government budget during the last three years, i.e., from 2009-10 to 2011.12 (upto December 2011).

The Minister further stated that the primary responsibility of development of sports infrastructure including grounds for playing of hockey and kabaddi is that of States, as ‘Sports’ is a State subject.  However, for supplementing the efforts, the Government provides assistance to the States under the Scheme of Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) Scheme and Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS).  Scheme of PYKKA aims at providing playfields in all village panchayats and block panchayats of the country in a phased manner during XI and XII Plan period. So far 53,927 village panchayats and block panchayats have been covered.  

The Scheme of USIS provides for giving grants, inter-alia, for creation of sports infrastructure projects such as hockey turf/football turf/multi- purpose halls/ athletic tracks, etc.  Under the scheme, State Governments, local civic bodies, Schools, Colleges, Universities and Sports Control Boards are eligible for appropriate assistance, the Minister added.



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