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 and Youth Affairs 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 the 27 May 2000. The Current Sports and Youth Affairs minister is Ajay Maken who was appointed in November 2010, right after the conclusion of Commonwealth Games.

Draft National Youth Policy 2012[edit]

Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), was mandated to review the National Youth Policy of 2003 . RGNIYD   evolved a base policy paper titled draft NYP 2010. A copy of this Draft Youth Policy 2010 was hosted on the website of both the Ministry as well as RGNIYD seeking comments and suggestions. The comments and suggestions received have now been incorporated and a draft National Youth Policy 2012 was prepared.

Definition of Youth[edit]

The definition of Youth as per UN is 15–24 years[2] and as per Commonwealth, it is 15– 29 years Realigning the definition of Youth with the above prevailing international definitions, the Draft NYP 2012 proposes to shrink the target age group from the existing 13–35 years to 16–30 years[3]

Key Features of Draft NYP 2012[edit]

The Draft NYP 2012 recognizes that youth is not a homogenous group and there are numerous differentials based on their habitat, environment in which they live, socio-economic status of the families they belong to and their own life style.[4] The target groups identified are

  1. Student Youth
  2. Migrant Youth
  3. Rural Youth
  4. Tribal Youth
  5. Youth At Risk
  6. Youth in violent conflicts
  7. Out of school/dropouts
  8. Groups with social /moral stigma
  9. Youth in Institutional Care.

Three priority groups among the target age group.

  1. Young women,
  2. Youth belonging to socially and economically disadvantaged communities /groups,
  3. Differently abled youth

Draft NYP 2012 plans to divide broad age  bracket of 16–30 years into three groups[5]

Age Bracket Target Intervention
16-20 Covering mostly youth who require educational facilities.
20-25 Require access to employable skills
25-30 Require access to self-employment and enterprenuerial skills.

The Draft NYP 2012 has monitorable indicators under five domains.Accordingly, Youth Development Index will include the indices viz. 

  • Youth Health Index,
  • Youth Education Index,
  • Youth Work Index,
  • Youth Amenities Index,
  • Youth Participation Index.

The NYP 2012 proposes that Youth Policy be reviewed after every National Census.

Schemes for development of youths[edit]

National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD)[edit]

The scheme was introduced during 2008-09[6] by merger of four 100% central sector grants-in-aid schemes of the Ministry during 10th Plan namely, Promotion of Youth Activities & Training, Promotion of National Integration, Promotion of Adventure and Development and Empowerment of Adolescents, with a view to reduce multiplicity of schemes with similar objectives, ensuring uniformity in funding pattern and implementation mechanism, avoiding delays in availability of funds to the field level and institutionalising participation of State Governments in project formulation and its implementation.[7] Under the Scheme financial assistance is provided to various Government/Non Government Organization for the following youth development activities .

  • Promotion of National Integration
  • Promotion of Adventure. 
  • Youth Leadership and Personality Development Training.
  • Development and Empowerment of Adolescent
  • Technical and Resource Development.

National Service Scheme [edit]

National Service Scheme is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme being run under Ministry with the objective of Personality Development of the Student Youth through Community Service.  This scheme is meant for student youth and is being run in colleges and in schools at+2 level across the country.

Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS)[edit]

Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS), on a pilot basis is with effect from 2010-11.This Scheme aims at construction of (i) Syntheticplaying surface( for hockey, football and athletics; and(ii)multi-purpose indoor hall. State Governments, Local Civic Bodies,Schools, Colleges and Universities under Central/ State Governments and Sports Control Boards are eligible to receive financial assistance under this scheme.[8] The Ministry has approved the following projects under this scheme - Construction of Multi-purpose Indoor Hall at Sports Complex, Chaudi, Canacona South, Goa, Multi-purpose indoor hall at Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Synthetic Athletic track at University of Calicut, Malapuram, Kerala .[9]

Convergence with MPLAD Scheme[edit]

Members of Parliament can contribute for creation/upgradation of sports infrastructure projects in States/UT’s from their annual allocation under MPLAD Scheme. The M.P(s) will contribute at least 50% of the grant admissible for a USIS projects; balance being met from the budgetary provision of USIS. In this arrangement, the restriction of one project for one state in one year will not apply; maximum of two additional projects per State/UT in a year would be allowed.[8]

Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA)[edit]


The objectivesof Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) are

  1. To create a network of basicsports infrastructure throughout the country
  2. To provide universal access tosports in rural areas and promote a sports culture
  3. To harness available and potential sporting talent among rural youth, through a well designed competition structure starting from the block level.

Funding Pattern[10][edit]

Under the PYKKA Scheme the fund is not allocated States/UTs-wise. The Grant-in-Aid provided to the States/UTs after receiving the proposals for infrastructure development of playfields in Village Panchayats/Block Panchayats.

One-time Seed Capital Grant[edit]

INR 1 lakh to each village panchayat having  minimum 4,600 population (national average) with additional funding on  prorata basis for additional population size beyond  the national average. This  will be contributed on 75:25 basis between the Central Government and State  Governments for normal States and on 90:10 basis for Special Category States. In other words, the Central grant will be INR 75,000  per village  panchayat for normal States and INR 90,000 per village panchayat for Special  Category States. The balance amount of INR 25,000  per village panchayat in  respect of normal States and INR 10,000  per village panchayat in respect of  Special Category States will have to come as State contribution.

A uniform grant of INR 5 lakh to each block panchayat[edit]

The sharing pattern  between the Central Government and State Governments will be 75:25 for  normal States and 90:10 for Special Category States. In other words, the  Central grant will be INR 3.75 lakh per block panchayat for normal States and  INR 4.50 lakh per block panchayat for Special Category States. The balance amount of INR 1.25 lakh per block panchayat in respect of normal States and  INR 50,000  per block panchayat in respect of Special Category States will  have to come as State contribution

Past Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports[edit]

  • Sri Jitendra Kumar


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