Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel today said in the Rajya Sabha that a new Scheme called “Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports” is being implemented by his Ministry as a Central Sector Scheme from the financial year 2016-17.
The scheme includes a provision for sports and games for the disabled, which provides for assistance to schools with differently-abled children to engage coaches, procure sport equipment and hold community coaching training camps.
The Scheme for Promotion of Sports for Disabled was continuing Scheme during 2016-17. The Scheme is now being merged with the revamped Khelo India Scheme during the year 2017-18.
In a written reply, he said, an amount of Rs 22.50 lakh was released to Special Olympic Bharat (SOB), Nodal Agency for training for Community Coaches Training (CCT) during the financial year 2015-16 under the Scheme for Promotion of Sports for Disabled.
Department of Sports is setting up a ‘Centre of Excellence’ International Centre for differently abled persons at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. In this regard, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has sanctioned Rs 20 crore out of which Rs 10 crore has been released in this year. Moreover, Department of Sports through National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) has released Rs 1.12 crore in this regard for preliminary expenditure towards construction of compound wall, etc.