Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

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The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, a branch of the Government of India, which administers Department of youth affairs and Department of Sports in India. The ministry also overlooks the organisation of Commonwealth 2010 games. As of 28 October 2012, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports is the Minister of State (Independent Charge) Jitendra Singh.[1]


The Ministry was set up as the Department of Sports at the time of organisation of 1982 Asian Games New Delhi. Its name was changed to the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports during celebration of the International Youth Year, 1985. It became a Ministry on 27 May 2000. The Current Sports and Youth Affairs minister is Shri Ajay Maken who was appointed in November 2010, right after the conclusion of Commonwealth Games.

Definition of Youth[edit]

The United Nations defines "Youth" as 15–24 years[2] and in the Commonwealth, it is 15–29 years. In order to use a definition more in line with these international standards, the Draft NYP 2012 changes the definition from 13–35 years to 16–30 years.[3] The draft NYP 2012 plans to divide the age bracket of 16–30 years into three groups.[4]


Past Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports[edit]

  • Sri Jitendra Kumar


  1. ^ National Portal of India : Government : Who's Who
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  5. ^ "Grants to NGOs". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme". Government of India, Press Information Bureau. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Objectives of PYKKA". Government of India, Press Information Bureau. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 

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