New Delhi — In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal said the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) is not officially recognised by his ministry.
However, the minister said since the International Cricket Council (ICC) recognises BCCI as the apex body for promotion of cricket in India, the ministry sanctions organisation of international cricket matches in the country by BCCI and participation of the “national team” in international events abroad at no cost to the government, subject to clearances from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs.
Sonowal also said that the primary responsibility for promotion and development of specific sports disciplines is that of the concerned National Sports Federations (NSFs). However, his ministry and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) supplement the efforts of NSFs. All the schemes of the ministry and SAI are inclusive schemes and are equally applicable to women sportspersons, the minister informed the Upper House.
He said the ministry provides financial assistance to the recognised NSFs under the scheme of assistance to NSFs towards conduct of national championships in senior, junior and sub–junior categories both for men and women, conduct of international tournaments in India, participation of Indian sportspersons and teams in international tournaments abroad, organizing coaching camps, etc.
The minister further said that, for encouraging sports among women, sports competitions are held at district, state and national levels under the scheme of National Championship for Women, presently merged with the scheme of Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) now revised as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA).
The following sports competitions are conducted annually with 100% central assistance at block, district, State and national levels:
- Rural competitions,
- Women’s competitions,
- Games for the north-eastern States,and
- Competitions in left wing extremism-affected areas.
The year-wise details of women participation under the RGKA with effect from 1 February of last year are given below:
|S. No.||Year||No. of women who participated|
The government is not implementing any scheme providing for construction of district-level sports complexes in various States. However, the RGKA scheme provides for construction of sports complexes in each block of the country both for outdoor and indoor sports disciplines on land measuring about 6-7 acres, Sonowal added.