Schemes for Welfare of Youth


The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports implements the following schemes for the welfare of youth of the country: Department of Youth Affairs:  Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) (1972)

  1. National Service Scheme (1969)
  2. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) (1993)
  3. National Youth  Corps (NYC) (2010-11)
  4. National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD) (2008)
  5. International Co-operation (IC) (2005)
  6. Youth Hostel (YH) (1985)
  7. Assistance to Organisation of Scouts and Guides (1984)
  8. National Young Leaders  Programme (New Scheme) (2014-15)

Department of Sports:

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) (2014-15)

  1. Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (2010-11)
  2. Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs) (1975)
  3. National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) (1998)
  4. Scheme of Human Resource Development in Sports (2014)
  5. Scheme of Special Cash Awards (1986)
  6. Scheme of Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons (1994)

Scheme of National Sports Awards viz Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award- (1991-92), Arjun Awards (1961), Dronacharya Award (1985), Dhyan Chand Award (2002)

  1. National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons (1982)
  2. Sports & Games for persons with disabilities (2009-10)
  3. National Sports Talent Contest (1985)
  4. Army Boys Sports Companies (1991)
  5. Special Area Games (1985)
  6. SAI Training Centres (1995)
  7. Centre for Excellence (1997)

 In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha Shri Sonowal said, it is not always possible to quantify the achievement on account of implementation of Schemes of Department of Youth Affairs.  However, under the NPYAD scheme a large number of NGOs/institutions have been given financial assistance for the welfare of youth.  NYKS under its core programme is implementing annual programmes such as Youth Club Development, Skill Upgradation Programme, Awareness and Education Programme, Provision of sports material to Youth Clubs etc., NYKS is also conducting National Integration Camps and Adventure Camps to mobilise and unite the youth.  Under NSS 4.41 crore students have benefited since its inception. So far 83 Youth Hostels have been constructed across the country.  Under International Cooperation, 6 International Youth Exchange Programme took place during the last financial year.  RGNIYD conducts various training programmes/ workshops/ exhibitions for the youth. In regard to NYC Scheme, two volunteers are normally deployed in every block.  They are engaged as volunteers up to two years and after the end of their tenure they are provided with skill development training.

Achievements on account of implementation of schemes of the Department of Sports have been in terms of increased availability of sports infrastructure, mass participation in sports, talent identification and nurturing of identified talented sportspersons, coaching and training of sportspersons and teams with a view to maximize medal prospects in international sports events, participation of Indian sportspersons and teams in  international sports events, providing cash incentives to medal winners in international sports events and their coaches, pension to meritorious sportspersons with a view to providing financial security, conferring outstanding sportspersons and coaches with Sports Awards in recognition of their achievements etc. Funds are not allocated State-wise however, Scheme-wise details are given in Annexure –I & II. wishes the very best.

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