Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on 10 December 2017 the government will launch a Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs 1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. This marks a “watershed moment” in the history of Indian sports, as the programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.
The initiative would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy. Each athlete selected under the scheme will receive an annual scholarship worth Rs 5 lakh for 8 years. The Khelo India campaign aims to promote 150 select schools in as many districts, and 20 universities across the country, as hubs of sporting excellence, which would enable talented sports persons to pursue the dual pathway of education and competitive sports.
The programme would cover about 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive. Under the scheme, a campaign will be launched from January 31, 2018 to February 8, 2018 to spot sports talents under 17 years in schools, which will be telecast live.