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Khelo India Scheme- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

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Khelo India Scheme- Context

  • The Union Government has increased the allocation by 48% for the Khelo India Scheme in the Union Budget 2022-23.
  • The government has decided to continue the Scheme of “Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports” over the 15th Finance Commission Cycle (2021-22 to 2025-26) at an outlay of Rs 3165.50 crore.

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Khelo India Scheme- Key Points

  • About: The Khelo India Scheme was launched in 2017 with a mandate for the identification of talent and nurturing sporting talent to attain the highest levels of achievement at international levels.
    • The primary focus of the Khelo India Scheme is to create a national-level platform for the athletes to showcase their talent and to identify them for further grooming and financial support.
  • Parent Ministry: Khelo India Scheme is the flagship Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
  • Objective: Khelo India Scheme aims at infusing sports culture and achieving sporting excellence in the country thus allowing the populace to harness the power of sports through its cross-cutting influence.
  • Coverage: Khelo India Scheme covers pan India i.e. both urban and rural areas.
    • Under Khelo India Scheme, India is divided into seven zones namely North, East, West, South and North-East Zones to carry out talent identification.
  • Key Activities: The Khelo India program includes-
    • Playfield development;
    • Community coaching development;
    • Promotion of community sports;
    • Establishment of a strong sports competition structure at both school and university level as also for rural/indigenous sports, sports for persons with disability and women sports;
    • Filling up of critical gaps in sports infrastructure, including the creation of hubs of sports excellence in select universities;
    • Talent identification and development;
    • Support to sports academies;
    • Implementation of a national physical fitness drive for school children; and
    • Sports for peace and development.


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Khelo India Program- Key Components

Various components of the Khelo India Scheme have been rearranged and rationalized into the following five components-

  • Creation and Upgradation of Sports Infrastructure
  • Sports Competitions and Talent Development: ‘Khelo India Winter Games’ have been included under the ‘Sports Competitions and Talent Development’ component.
  • Khelo India Centres and Sports Academies
  • Fit India Movement: It has been introduced as a separate and dedicated component.
  • Promotion of Inclusiveness through Sports


Draft National Air Sports Policy | NASP 2022

Draft National Air Sports Policy | NASP 2022

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