Policy to Promote Football
‘Sports’ being a State subject, the responsibility of promotion and development of sports rests with State Governments and the concerned National Sports Federations (NSFs). Central Government supplements their efforts and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is the recognized NSF for football.
Based on the Annual Calendar of Training and Competitions submitted by AIFF, the Central Government has approved financial assistance to the tune of Rs.23.08 crore in 2018-19 and Rs.30.00 crore in 2019-20.
It is the responsibility of AIFF to plan developmental priorities at State/District level in consultation with respective State and District affiliates. Central Government does not interfere with the planning and development process of AIFF.
The Government is implementing ‘Khelo India’ Scheme with 12 verticals which is applicable for entire country. Out of 12 verticals, one vertical, namely, ‘Sports for Peace and Development’ is dedicated for conducting sports competition in left wing extremism affected areas of the country.
The major sports promotional schemes of this Ministry, viz. ‘Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations’ and ‘Khelo India’ are applicable for all areas including Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe dominated areas.
In addition, Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous organization under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, is implementing following sports promotional schemes across the country including Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe dominated areas to identify talented sportspersons in the age group of 8-25 years and nurture them to excel at national and international competitions:
- National Sports Talent Contest Scheme (NSTC)
- Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)
- SAI Training Centre (STC)
- Special Area Games (SAG)
- Extension Centre of STC/SAG
- Centre of Excellence (COE)
- National Sports Academies (NSA)
This Information was given by the Minister of State (I/C) Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.