The Municipal Corporation of Delhi will now give students who perform well in sports a stipend. The civic body has approved a proposal for a new sports policy, under which students will be given monetary benefits.
The proposal states that 10 students from each school, excelling in a particular sport, will be awarded R1,000 per month, so that they can purchase sports equipment with the money.
MCD will also give a stipend of Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 to students who achieve the first, second and third place at national sub-junior competitions.
The proposal will be implemented once the academic session begins in April.
The civic body has earmarked R1 crore towards the scheme, proposed in the agenda by councillor Ajit Singh Tokas.
The fund also includes purchase of food supplements for children.
"Our country does not fare as well as other countries in terms of sports. In those countries, training begins at a young age," said Tokas.
"Considering the fact that there are more than nine lakh children in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools, we thought that we should also start training them while they are still young, so that they can go ahead and perform well at the state, national and international level," said Tokas.
Considering the MCD's monetary constraints, the sports policy aims to encourage sports that require minimum facilities. The list includes judo, karate, taekwondo, boxing, swimming, gymnastics and chess.
MCD will soon recruit trainers for these sports. The trainers will be paid from the fund reserved for teacher's salaries.