Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports07-February, 2004 16:45 IST
Youth Affairs & Sports

YOUTH AFFAIRS

National Youth Policy, 2003 Announced

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced a new National Youth Policy, 2003. The Policy is designed to galvanize the youth to rise up to the new challenges, keeping in view the global scenario, and aims at motivating them to be active partners in national develolpment. The new Policy recognises four thrust areas namely, Youth Empowerment; Gender Justice; Inter-Sectoral Approch; and Information and Research Network.

National Reconstruction Corps (NRC)

The National Reconstruction Corps was launched in 80 selected districts of the country in the month of June, 2000, as a pilot project in the Central Sector. During the current financial year, as was approved by the Ministry of Finance and Planning Commission, the NRC scheme was extended to 40 districts. The scheme was started on pilot basis for a period of 2 years only. Evaluation study of the scheme has been made by five NGOs identified by Planning Commission. The study report is positive and steps are being taken to restart the scheme.

National Service Scheme

Under Regular Programme, students are expected to work as volunteers for two years, rendering community service for a minimum of 120 hours per annum.Under Special Camping Programme, a camp of 10 days duration is conducted every year. The theme for the year 2003-2004 is "Youth for Swachhta".

During 2002-2003, a target enrolment of 19.37 lakh volunteers has been set for undertaking various constructive activities under the scheme. Up to December 31, a total of 8, 588 Special camps were organised and 11, 293 villages were adopted under the scheme against a target, respectively, of 9,000 each. NSS Awards for 2001-2002 were presented on September 24, 2003.

NEW SCHEMES

Scheme for Development and Empowerment of Adolescents

The draft National Youth Policy has recognised adolescents as a distinct segment of Youth population. The Planning Commission constituted a working group on welfare and development of adolescents, which recommended that the subject of Adolescents should be dealt with in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports as the Nodal Ministry. The draft scheme has been prepared and is in the process of approval.

Establishment of National/State Youth Centres

The main objective of the scheme is to provide a common platform to the youth of the country to showcase their abundant creative talents, to provide a hub of information on development and trends in various matters of national and international importance.

Deen Dayal Upadhyay Swavlamban Yojana

Deen Dayal Upadhyay Swavalamban Yojana has been undertaken with a view to organising rural youth in the form of Self-Help Groups (SHGS) and to develop in them skills so that they may start income generating self-employment ventures. As part of the pilot initiative, the project has been started in 12 identified districts of the country.

North East School Students Youth Cultural Exchange Programme

This is in a significant programme to acquaint the youth of North-East with the rich cultural heritage and diversity of this country, whereas, in the earlier programmes, the main emphasis was laid on the school children of North-East States, visiting other parts of the country, but this year people from rest of the country are being taken to North Eastern States also.

SPORTS

Afro –Asian Games

The First Afro-Asian Games were held from October 24, 2003, to November 1, 2003, in Hyderabad.

Olympic Preparation Committee

The Government has constituted a High Level Olympic Preparation Committee for 2004 Olympic Games with Prof. V.K.Malhotra, M.P. and President, All India Council of Sports, as its Chairman. The Committee will start functioning on the day of its constitution and will cease to work on September 30, 2004, or on submission of its report to the Government on performance of Indian Contingent in Olympic, 2004, whichever is earlier.

All India Council of Sports

The Ministry has set up an All India Council of Sports to advise the Ministry on Policy issues regarding promotion and development of sports in the country.

India gets the rights to host 2010 Commonwealth Games

India earned the rights to host 2010 Commonwealth Games. In the meeting of Commonwealth Federation held in Jamaica, India got over-whelming support from Member countries to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

All India Sports Congress

On August 26, 2003, All India Sports Congress was inaugurated by the PM, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Discussions on National Sports Policy, resource generation and implementation of PM’s ten points suggestions were part of the agenda. Various suggestions, including renaming of National Sports Development Fund to Prime Minister’s NSDF, are under consideration.

National Sports Policy, 2001

The Government approved National Sports Policy on September 11,2001.

Cash Awards to Olympic Medallists

Olympic medallists are proposed to be given cash awards, Rs. 1 crore for Gold, Rs. 75 lakh for Silver and Rs. 50 lakh for Bronze medals, respectively. Cash awards to winners in other international sports events are proposed to be enhanced substantially.

Arujna Awards

A major departure from the earlier scheme is that the Committee for selection of awardees is now headed by a sportsperson of eminence (5 members); Arjuna awardees from different disciplines (4 members); Sports Administrators (2 members) and Director/Deputy Secretary (Sports), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, is a Member Secretary.

Dhyan Chand Award for Life Time Achievement in Sports and Games

A new Dhyan Chand award for Life Time Achievement in Sports and Games has been instituted from the year 2002, to honour those sports-persons who have contributed to sports by their performance and continue to contribute to promotion of sports even after their retirement from active sporting career.

The award is given only in disciplines falling under the following categories:-

  1. Olympic Games/Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/World Cup/World Championship disciplines and cricket;
  2. Indigenous Games; and
  3. Sports for the physically challenged

Sydney Olympic Games, 2000

India participated in 13 disciplines at the Sydney Olympics. Karnam Malleswari won a Bronze medal in weightlifting.

XVII Commonwealth Games, 2002

India secured fourth position by winning 69 medals (30 gold, 22 silver and 17 bronze).

XIV Asian Games, 2002

The XIV Asian Games were held at Busan, South Korea from September 29 to October 14, 2002. Our sports persons won 36 medals (11 Gold, 12 Silver and 13 Bronze Medals).

India’s Performance in Major International Events

  • Chess – Shri Vishwanathan Anand won the 2nd World Cup, 2002, at Hyderabad. Indian Chess players have won World & Asian Championships of various age groups.
  • Hockey – The Indian Men’s Hockey team won the two National hockey tournaments during June and July, 2003 in Australia and Germany.
  • Tennis – Ms. Sania Mirza won the Jr. Wimbledon Doubles title and Shri Leander Paes won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Title.
  • Anjali Vedpathak won Silver Medal (Quota) in Air Rifle women and also qualified for 2004 – Olympic Games.
  • In the recently held World Athletics Championships, Anju Bobby George won the Bronze Medal in Long Jump event. This is the first-ever medal by an Indian in the World Athletic Championship.
  • Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the bronze medal in double trap event in World Championship 2003.
  • The team of Golfers Digvijay Singh and Gaurav Ghei won silver in Nation’s cup in Singapore.
  • In Hockey, India lifted the Asia Cup in September, 2003, after a gap of 21 years.

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