Cabinet Approves Revamped Khelo India Program

The Union Cabinet has approved the revamped Khelo India program at a cost of Rs.1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the Programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.

Important features of the Program include:
  1. An unprecedented Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme, which would cover 1,000 most talented young athletes. 
  2. Each athlete selected under the scheme shall receive an annual scholarship worth Rs. 5.00 lakh for 8 consecutive years. 
  3. This is the first time ever that a long-term athlete development pathway would be made available to gifted and talented youngsters to excel in competitive sports.
  4. The Program aims to promote 20 universities across the country as hubs of sporting excellence, which would enable talented sportspersons to pursue the dual pathway of education and competitive sports.  
  5. The Programme would cover about 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive.

Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

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