In a bid to strengthen the state’s sporting infrastructure and incentivise grassroot sportspersons, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday unveiled the new sports policy which increases the award money given to national and international medalists among other things.
Khattar also promised mammoth spending on sports infrastructure while unveiling the ‘Haryana Physical Activities and Sports Policy-2015', in a state level function on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, organised at Maharshi Dayanand University here.
"Besides conferring the right to employment on medal winners in recognised international competitions, the new policy would provide for an insurance scheme and concrete lifetime assistance to sportspersons in the shape of a pension scheme", Khattar said.
Earlier, while addressing sportspersons at the Tagore auditorium in Rohtak, state sports and youth affairs minister Anil Vij said that the vision of policy is to have a dynamic and innovative culture that promotes and celebrates participation and excellence in sports by 2020.
Laying importance on indigenous and adventure sports, the minister said that games like gatka, bullock-cart racing, kabbadi which are integral to the civilization inheritance of our country would also be given due importance.
Yoga made compulsory in educational institutions.
Vij, who is an MLA from Ambala, said that Yoga will be given special emphasis as part of physical fitness for all age groups. It will be introduced in all educational institutions in the state. It will be compulsory in all schools and in the zero hour there will be regular Yoga practice in schools.
Number of academies to increase
Vij said that there would be substantial increase in the number of sports academies in the state to accommodate all qualifiers of the SPEED test (revised version of the sports & physical aptitude test). Presently there are thirty three nurseries and fifteen academies in operation. Their number would be increased to around two hundred. There would be continuous evaluation of performance and a new programme making use of information technology would be put in place by the name sports and physical aptitude continuous evaluation (SPACE).
Also, for promoting excellence in the games in which sportsmens from the state have performed exceeding well, ‘Sports Centre of Excellence’ would be set up for selected games.
The minister said that government has decided to organise “akhada competitions” regularly with a view to promoting wrestling in the state. The cash awards for winners of state level akhara competitions have also been significantly increased.
Tournament / Championship
Earlier Award Money
Revised Award Money
Olympics/ Paralympics Games
Asian/ Para Asian Games
Para- Commonwealth Games