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#HappyBdayPMModi: 5 Hit schemes PM launched for sports development

One of independent India’s most popular leaders, Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 69 on 17th September. Born in Vadnagar, Modi emerged from a humble background to become the country’s first Prime Minister born after the British Raj in 2014. During his 5.5-year tenure as India’s premier, the government undertook many significant schemes such as Skill India Mission, Make in India, Digital India Mission, and Start-up India amongst others.

Here are 5 major sports schemes launched during the tenure of Narendra Modi:

1
Khelo India

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Khelo India is Union government’s flagship program to develop sports at the grassroot level (Credits Twitter)

The launch of the flagship ‘Khelo Games’ in 2017 is a testimony of the government’s efforts to develop sports at the grassroot level. With an allocation of around ₹ 1,756 crores for the year 2018-20, the program intends to provide an annual scholarship of ₹ 5,00,000 each for eight years to 1,000 selected athletes. Moreover, the government also promised to promote 20 universities across India as hubs for sporting excellence.

2
Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS)

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Mary Kom was recently added to TOPS | credits: Herbalife

The flagship program attempts at assisting India’s top athletes and give them a competitive edge in the Olympics. Under the Scheme, the athletes get recommended for financial disbursements, provide world-class training, and a fixed allowance of ₹ 50,000 amongst several other benefits. TOPS witnessed success at the Commonwealth Games, where 47 out of 70 athletes were supported under the Scheme.

3
National Sports Development Fund

The Central Government formed the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) to mobilise resources from the Government and non-governmental sources such as the private or corporate sector and non-resident Indians, for the promotion of sports. The scheme aims at attracting funds under CSR activities through a 100% exemption from income tax on all contributions.

4
National Sports Education Board (NSEB)

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Hon’ble Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the announcement regarding the National Sports Education Fund at the 2019 Union Budget | Credits Twitter

In the first-ever budget of its second term, the government announced a separate National Sports Education Board to expand the scope of the Khelo India scheme. The 2019 budget also saw the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry get a substantial raise of ₹ 214.2 crores from 2018’s ₹ 2002.72 to ₹ 2216.92 crores in the allocation of funds.

5
Fit India Movement

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Narendra Modi at the launch event of FIT India Movement | Credits Twitter

On the eve of the National Sports Day on 29th August, Narendra Modi launched the ‘Fit India’ Movement’. The initiative is aimed at taking the country towards a healthier lifestyle. “Fitness is zero per cent investment with infinite returns,” Modi said at the launch of Fit India Movement. The government also formed a committee, headed by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju as well as government officials, members of national sports federations, Indian Olympic Association (IOA), private bodies and fitness promoters, to take the movement forward.

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