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Free education and govt job for 100 sports kids in each district across India

The credibility of cricket may be down but the best 100 young sportspersons in each district of India will get an assured government job. Chetan Chauhan reports.

delhi Updated: May 26, 2013 01:53 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times

The credibility of cricket may be down but the best 100 young sportspersons in each district of India will get an assured government job.

This is part of the new plan of the sports ministry. Named the Identification and Nurturing Sports Talent (INSTAL), the plan is to set up a special school in every district of the country to provide training and guidance to young and budding sports children.

The scheme, which would cost around Rs 11,000 crore in the 12th five-year-plan (2012-17), is part of the Prime Minister’s plan to increase India’s haul in 2020 Olympics.

Sports minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday unveiled the plan at a meeting of sports ministers and said a major incentive under the scheme would be an assured government job to those budding sportsperson at an appropriate age. Both Centre and state governments have schemes assuring jobs to sportspersons doing well at national and international levels.

Most of the money being sought under the scheme would be utilized for setting up a sports school with conventional educational facilities in each district with the help of the education department of the state. The government officials said the curriculum for these schools would be different catering to overall sporting activity.

The government will utilise funds under another scheme called Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan to identify young sportsperson, thereby bringing synergy in the two schemes.

“Hundred talented young boys and girls in the 6-10 age group will be selected through rural sports competition and will be admitted in district level schools with facilities of boarding, lodging, special diet and sports kit,” the minister said. The government will bear all the expenses of these students and most-promising of them would also get a stipend.

The best of these children would get specialised training at 25 centres of excellence to be set up across India by the Sports Authority of India. The minister requested the state governments to provide free land and development infrastructure for these centres in a bid to have a collaborative effort in promoting non-cricket sports, which has lagged behind because of public fund constraints.

The ministry expects to get approval of the Planning Commission for this scheme soon and expects to roll it out in select districts from the current financial year.

First Published: May 26, 2013 01:51 IST