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National Youth Policy, 2014 launched
Feb 22, 2014

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has launched two new initiaves for the development of Indian Youth namely, National Youth Policy, 2014 (NYP) and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA), a Centrally Sponsored Plan Scheme.

National Youth Policy, 2014 (NYP-2014) has been launched with the Vision to empower youth of the country to achieve their full potential, and through them, enable India to find its rightful place in the community of nations. NYP-2014 seeks to achieve this Vision by (i) developing the Youth into a productive work force, by providing them the right education and skills and promoting entrepreneurship, (ii) developing a strong and healthy generation through effective healthcare and promotion of a healthy lifestyle and sports, (iii) promoting social values and spirit of community service among the youth, (iv) effectively engaging with the youth and facilitating their participation in governance process and through (v) inclusive policies to take care of disadvantaged sections of the youth and the youth with special needs.

RGKA will be a game-changer in terms of creation of sports infrastructure at the grass-roots level. It will involve an estimated outlay of about Rs. 9000 crores spread over the remaining 3 years of the 12th Five Year Plan and the 13th Five Year Plan. The Key objectives of the Scheme are promotion of sports as a way of life among the youth, increased access to sports facilities throughout the country, conduct of sports competitions across the country to identify sports talent and achieving excellence in sports.

Under the Scheme, Integrated Sports Complexes will be constructed in every rural block panchayat of the country. Each Sports complex will cost Rs. 1.75 crore and have 11 outdoor and 5 indoor games with flexibility to choose 3 local games within the limit of 16 games. The Outdoor disciplines are Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Handball, Hockey, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Tennis and Volley ball. The Indoor disciplines are Boxing, Wrestling, Table tennis, Weightlifting and also provision of a Multi-gym. Three Sports trainers, preferably one female, will be available at each integrated Sports Complex. Under the Scheme, assistance will be provided for Sports equipment and a Youth Resource Centre. Provision for self defence training, especially for women has also been made. Funds will be provided every year to conduct competition to identify talent. In addition, funds will also be provided for the conduct of special category games namely Women competition, Northeast area games, and Special area games.


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