Welfare Scheme for sportspersons
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Jitendra Singh has said that the medal winners in international events such as Olympic Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championships (in the disciplines of Olympic Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games) and Para-Olympic Games are covered under the Scheme of Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons. However, there is no proposal, at present, to extend the scheme of pension to meritorious sportspersons to medal winners in national championships. Resource constraint is a factor in this. Also, Sports is a State subject. The Union Government complements and supplements the efforts of the State Governments for promotion of sports including Welfare of Sportspersons.
The details regarding financial assistance given to sportspersons for treatment of injuries and medical treatment are given in Annexure.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Singh said, all schemes of the Ministry and the Sports Authority of India are inclusive schemes and are equally applicable to women sportspersons. Further, 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 and Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA).