Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports
: The Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Vijay Goel has launched a new scheme named ‘Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports‘ throughout the country. This program is being implemented by the ministry as a central sector scheme from the current financial year 2017-18.
On Thursday, the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Mr. Vijay Goel said that the government has planned to enhance India’s sports infrastructure through the Khelo India program.
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Minister Vijay Goel also said that the this new scheme was converged with Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme.
Besides this, this programs provides for creation of sports infrastructure that includes making of Synthetic athletic track, synthetic hockey field, synthetic turf football ground, multipurpose hall and other similar facilities.
Construction of Stadium Complex will be decided by this ministry after taking into account the various facilities available in a state. Construction of stadium complex could include facilities like construction of multi-purpose indoor halls for indoor games, indoor stadium including swimming pool complex, outdoor stadium with spectator gallery facilities, Courts for sports like tennis, squash, basketball, volley ball and others under Khelo India Program.
There are a number of projects that can be allotted funding under the Khelo India program include the above and some others like construction of stadium complex at district headquarters etc. Khelo India Program could also include putting up of Sports academies and training centers including hostels for sports-persons.