In a bid to encourage sports participation in the Himalayan region, a whopping Rs 506.13 crore is being invested in 77 infrastructure projects under the Khelo India scheme, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said on Tuesday. .
The information was given by Thakur in a written response to Lok Sabha.
The Minister said that 24 Sports Academies have been accredited and 199 Khelo India Centers (at district level) and 11 Khelo India State Centers of Excellence have been approved under the Khelo India program in the Himalayan region.
In addition, under the government’s “J&K Sports Facility Improvement” (PMDP) program, 30 sports infrastructure projects as well as sports equipment have been sanctioned in the Himalayan UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh for an amount of Rs 273.85 crore.
Over the past three years, Rs 4,694.92 crore has been allocated and Rs 4,590.89 crore released under the various development programs of the Ministry of Sports, according to Thakur.
Promotion of rural sports
Addressing the topic of rural sports in the country, Thakur said that “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat program” is specially designed for this.
The Ministry has provided financial assistance to relevant national sports federations to organize competitions in Mallakhamb, Mitti Dangal (freestyle wrestling), tug of war, etc. in rural areas of Maharashtra.
Thirty-seven players from Maharashtra, who have won medals at Mallakhamb at the national level, are being awarded scholarship at the rate of Rs. 10,000 per month under the Khelo India scheme.
In addition, 12 sports infrastructure projects of different categories have been sanctioned, 28 sports academies have been accredited, and 44 Khelo India Centers (at district level) and one Khelo India State Center of Excellence have been approved in the state of Maharashtra.
In addition, Sports Authority of India (SAI) operates 2 National Centers of Excellence (NCOE), School of Indigenous Games and Martial Arts (IGMA) and 14 adopted Akharas in the state of Maharashtra.
Sportsmen trained in these sports facilities belong to all strata of society including rural, backward and tribal areas of the country.
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