Sports Ministry Revises Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar Scheme
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has revised the Scheme of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, which was introduced in 2009 to encourage and promote involvement of corporates, sports promotion boards etc., in the promotion and development of sports in the country. In the revised scheme, Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given in following four categories:
(i) Identification and nurturing of budding/young talent
(ii) Encouragement of sports through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
(iii) Employment of sportspersons and sports welfare measures
(iv) Sports for Development.
In the revised Scheme, eligibility criteria for all four categories have been prescribed. As ‘Training to promote rural sports, nationally recognized sports, Paralympic sports and Olympic sports’ have been included in the Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013 and the companies can now spend on promotion and development of sports from the funds earmarked for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a specific category for ‘Encouragement of sports through Corporate Social Responsibility’ has been provided for in the revised Scheme.
As non-governmental organizations are also doing a lot of work in promotion and development of sports, a separate category ‘Sports for Development’ has been provided for exclusively for NGOs to recognize their contributions.