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Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports13-December, 2012 16:33 IST
Status of 'National Game' to any sports

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Jitendra Singh has said that at present, the following Schemes are being implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for development and promotion of sports in the country:

(i) Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA)
(ii) Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS)
(iii) Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs)
(iv) Talent Search & Training
(v) National Sports Development Fund
(vi) Special Awards to Winners in International Sports Events and their Coaches
(vii) Awards Schemes viz Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dhyan chand Awards for lifetime achievement in sports and games, Arjuna Awards, Dronacharya Awards and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy
(viii) Scheme of Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons
(ix) National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons
(x) Scheme of Sports & Games for Persons with Disabilities

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Jitendra Singh said, following Schemes are being implemented by Sports Authority of India, an autonomous organization under the administrative control of this Ministry, for talent identification and promotion of excellence in sports:

(i) National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC) Scheme
(ii) Army Boys Sports Companies (ABSC)Scheme
(iii) SAI Training Centres (STC) Scheme
(iv) Special Area Games (SAG) Scheme
(v) Centres of Excellence (CoE) Scheme
(vi) Come & Play Scheme

The Minister said, the Government has not given status of National Game to any sports discipline. The Ministry does not propose to accord status of National Game to any sports discipline.

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