Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan
The logo of PYKKA
|Formation||1 April 2008|
|Purpose||Sports, social development|
Head of The General Council of PYKKA
|Union Sports Minister, Government of India|
|Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India|
|2050 million INR (FY 2011-12)|
Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) is a rural sports initiative introduced by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India to promote youth and social development through sports.
Launch and Operation
PYKKA received the Union Cabinet of India’s approval on 10 March 2008, and was officially launched on 1 April 2008. At the national level, PYKKA has three decisionmaking bodies namely, the General Council of PYKKA which is headed by the Union Sports Minister of the Government of India, the Executive Committee of the PYKKA scheme chaired by the Secretary of Sports, and the Mission Directorate, headed by the Joint Secretary of Sports in the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. PYKKA collaborates with other Government bodies such as Sports Authority of India and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, international agencies like UNICEF, and NGOs such as Magic Bus and Isha Foundation. PYKKA has also sought the aid of FIFA in implementing PYKKA's village level initiatives for football.
PYKKA is a Central Government sponsored scheme which is implemented by State and Union Territory administrations. Funding is shared by the Union and State Governments funding on a 75-25 proportion, respectively. The proportion of Central funding for Northeast Indian states stands at 90%.
The provisional budget allocation for PYKKA stands at INR 1,500 crore in the 11th Five-Year Plan period, and an allocation of INR 6,000 crore cumulatively for the 11th and 12th Five-Year Plan period. For the Financial Year of 2010-2011, the allocated budget of PYKKA is INR 205 crores.
PYKKA provides funds for the development and maintenance of sports grounds in villages and block panchayats. It plans to introduce such facilities throughout India over a period of 10 years. Depending on the population and area of the panchayat, more than one facility may be funded. Each village panchayat is given a one-time grant of INR 100,000 and each block panchayat is given INR 500,000 for this purpose. Additionally, an annual grant for the purchase of sports equipment is given to the tune of INR 10,000 and 20,000 for village and block panchayats respectively. An annual maintenance grant of INR 12,000 and 24,000 is also given.
To encourage the growth of sporting talent among the youth, PYKKA facilitates the conduct of district-state and national level competitions for various sporting disciplines. The previous national games were held at Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh for athletics and was won by Tamil Nadu.
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- "Union Budget 2011: Sports gets Rs 1,121 crore". The Economic Times. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- "Tamil Nadu wins overall championship in PYKKA games". The Hindu. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.