Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan launched under National Youth Policy 2014

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The central Government, with a vision that may establish India as a sporting powerhouse, introduced Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) to the nation. It was launched under National Youth Policy 2014 (NYP), that envision to empower the burgeoning youth of the country.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) 

We often rue the fact that a country of billion has to struggle tooth and nail to get even a bunch of medals while China returns with a truckload of the same. And we, while acknowledging the abundant raw talent that we possess, blame this ignominy on the lack of opportunity and infrastructure in the sports. The RGKA, a unique initiative streamlining central government schemes, has come up to address exactly that ailment.

About

  • It aims to build sports infrastructure at the grass-roots level. 
  • An estimated outlay of about Rs. 9000 crores has been approved to be utilized till the end of 13th Five Year Plan (2022).

Objectives 

  • To promote sports as a way of life among the youth.
  • It will serve a tool to earn both health and fame.
  • To take the sports facilities throughout the country down to the lowest level
  • To identify and hone talents through organizing various sports competitions across the country. 
  • To ensure a larger collection of medals at global sports competitions like Olympics, CWG, Asiad etc.

Games to benefit

Outdoor Games

  • Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Handball, Hockey, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Tennis and Volley ball. 

Indoor Games

  • Boxing, Wrestling, Table tennis and Weightlifting.

More 

  • Provision for self defence training, especially for women. 
  • Conduction of special category games namely Women competition, Northeast area games, and Special area games. 

National Youth Policy 2014 (NYP) 

Objectives

  • To help the youth realize their full potential by providing them with right set of skills and knowledge 
  • To avail youth with healthcare facilities for maximizing their productivity
  • To Promote healthy lifestyle and sports among this category of population.
  • To promoting social and moral values among the youth, 
  • To engage them into the process of governance and nation building
  • Special care for the youth with special needs and those in disadvantaged sections through inclusive policies. 

Points to Note

  • India is one of the youngest nations in the world and Its both a challenge and opportunity for us.
  • As our future depends on the quality and the productive capability of this generation NYP-2014 will target youth in the age-group of 15-29 years that constitutes 27.5% of India's population.
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