Objectives of Panchayat Yuva Krida Khel Abhiyan(PYKKA) Scheme
According to the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Minister has said that Panchayat Yuva Krida Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) was started during the year 2008-09 with prime objective to encourage and promote sports and games among rural youth by providing them with access to basic sports infrastructure and equipment at the Panchayat level, and opportunity to participate in sports competitions at the block and district levels, leading to further opportunities for talented sports persons emerging from this process to receive advanced training and exposure, and participate and excel in state, national and international tournaments. State-wise details of playfields developed under the PYKKA Scheme, both at Village Panchayat and Block Panchayat level.
The Minister said that PYKKA Scheme, as approved by the Cabinet, provided for impact studies and concurrent evaluation through an Independent Evaluation Agency. The Estimates Committee (Fifteenth LokSabha), in its Seventh Report (Para 5.4), had recommended that “the amount of Grants being provided to the village Panchayats for maintenance of infrastructure created under the PYKKA Scheme needs to be realistic”. The Committee, therefore, desired “that the Ministry should conduct a study of the cost factor involved in providing even the most basic sports facility in a village and accordingly modify the scheme with revised amount”.
The Minister said, based on the above recommendation of the Estimates Committee and the inputs received from different states / UTs in the workshop held in April 2012, an independent agency was engaged for external evaluation. Keeping in view the inputs received from various quarters, including the evaluation agency, the scheme has been revamped, revised and renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) which is being implemented throughout the country w.e.f. 01.04.2014. Further details of the RGKA are given in an annexure II.
Annexure - PYKKA scheme for development of playfieldsThe Central Government is implementing the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) scheme, under which it is proposed to construct a sports complex (comprising outdoor playfield and indoor sports hall) in each block of the country, including the State of Bihar, both for outdoor and indoor sports disciplines, on land measuring about six - seven acres at a cost of Rs. 80 lakh each (Total Rs. 1.60 crore). There is also provision of Rs. 15 lakh for sports equipment to be provided by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
All the 6545 blocks in 634 districts will be covered in a phased manner over a period of 5 years. Funds for construction of the block level sports complex will be converged from different schemes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA); Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF); Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR - Central); Additional Central Assistance (ACA) for the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts, of the Ministries of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) and Planning Commission respectively with RGKA. Development of playfields at village level will be undertaken under the MGNREGA.
Three Sports Trainers (one Master Sports Trainer and two Sports Trainers, out of serving Physical Education Teachers) will be engaged in each block level sports complex for training of sports persons. They will be given suitable honorarium in addition to their normal salaries received from respective school/college.
Annual Sports competitions viz., Rural Sports Competitions, Women Sports Competitions, North-East Games and Special Area Games (for LWE affected regions) shall be held under RGKA upto the National level. The grants for holding the above competitions have also been enhanced.