- Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Friday, said that the government will set up National Sports Education Board under the Khelo India programme.
- This was the first Budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term.
- The government has also set aside ₹400 crore kept aside to aid the development of ‘World Class Institutions’ for FY 2019-20.
In a major breakthrough for the Indian sports, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Friday, said that the government will set up National Sports Education Board under the Khelo India programme. She was speaking at the unveiling of the highly anticipated Union Budget 2019-20. This was the first Budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term.
“Khelo India Scheme, launched in October 2017, has created awareness of sports as an integral part of wellness throughout the country. The government is committed to expand Khelo India scheme and provide all necessary financial support. To popularize sports at all levels, a National Sports Education Board for development of sportspersons will be set up under Khelo India Scheme.”
Khelo India is the Government of India’s initiative to strengthen the country’s sports ecosystem by encouraging mass participation and promotion of excellence. It’s main motive was to revitalize the culture of sports in India, especially at the grassroots by developing strong frameworks for all sports played in our country. The aim is to establish India as a great sporting nation.
Apart from the above, the Budget also has a mention of an amount of ₹400 crore kept aside to aid the development of ‘World Class Institutions’ for FY 2019-20.
Khelo India App
Among an array of innovations in the Khelo India, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) had also created a mobile application to generate awareness regarding sports and fitness in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the app, named as the ‘Khelo India App’, on February 27 earlier this year.
The app has three special features to make pursuing sports convenient for youngsters besides helping identify potential champions among the country’s youth.
In the first feature, the user is acquainted with information about the basic rules and regulations of as many as 18 sports disciplines. Generally speaking, it is a beginner’s guide, a handbook about the game, the equipment used in it, and the rules to follow.
The second feature consists of an exhaustive database of sporting facilities across India where one can pursue the sport of his/her choice.
However, what catches the eye is the third feature, where the children can map their basic fitness levels. This, again, helps at gaining an insight into the potential of the youngsters to take up the sport professionally.