Khelo India – UPSC Prelims

Ministry/Department :  Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Objective: Aims at mainstreaming sport as tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.
  • A program of central government for development of sports.
  • Khelo India is a merger of following schemes:
    • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan(RGKA)
    • Urban Sports Infrastructure┬áScheme (USIS)
    • National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS)
  • The revamped programme for period 2017-18 to 2019-20 aims to impact entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, talent identification,
community sports, coaching, competition structure and sports economy.
  • It includes :
    • Pan Indian Sports Scholarship Scheme
    • Sports Universities
    • National Physical Fitness Drive
  • It aims to help scout young talent from schools in various disciplines and groom them as future sports champions.
  • Under it, talented players are identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels by High-Powered Committed and each selected player is provided annual financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh for 8 years.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan(RGKA):
  • The RGKA was a centrally sponsored scheme l
  • Launched in2014.
  • It was launched in place of erstwhile Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA).
  • RGKA aimed at constructing sports complexes in each block and exclusively both for indoor and outdoor in different sports discipline for 5 years.
It was a rural sports initiative introduced by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to promote youth and social development through sports.

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