The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) is the country’s biggest upholder in matters of sports and youth affairs. It administers two departments i.e. the Department of Sports and Department of Youth Affairs.
The Department of Sports regulates sports across the country, raising awareness and providing resources for professional athletes. They recognize errors and work on resolving them. In a concept note by Shri Onkar Kedia on ‘Long Term Plan for Development of Talent in Olympic Sports’, it recognizes issues such as sports not being the first priority for many of our sports persons due to high risk and low reward, the lack of reserve participants, shortfall in funding of sports, and many more. Contrary to the belief that sports in India is not developed, the Ministry spends an estimated Rs.1,943 crores in aiding sports medicine, better facilities for professional sports persons, marketing India in international sports events and providing facilities via Sports Authority of India (SAI). This is possible due to the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), established in 1998 to aid the development of Sports in India.
The Department of Youth was established in 2008. Targeting the youth of India aged 15-29, the Department of Youth focuses on Education, Employment & Training, Health and Family Welfare, etc. It has developed several initiatives. Youth Hostel is one such initiative that provides accommodation to students and youth groups travelling on excursions or study tours. National Service Scheme (NSS) is known throughout the country by students as a voluntary community service group. Inspired by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi they aim to ‘Educate through service’, placing the value of community before self. The NSS volunteers develop a sense of civic and social responsibility through organizing blood donation drives, raising awareness about unspoken issues, etc.
Khelo India Youth Games is an initiative by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Their aim is to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level by building a strong framework for all sports played in our country and establish India as a great sporting nation. Talented athletes in priority sports disciplines identified by the committee are given a scholarship of 5 Lakhs Rupees per annum for 8 years. The goal of Khelo India is to showcase the various talented athletes of different sports across all states and give them further opportunities to achieve excellence. It is not restricted to just men participating in sporting activities and development of sports; emphasis will be laid on sport disciplines where there is less participation of women to ensure the increase of participation by women in the needed sport disciplines. Read more: https://www.sports4all.in/post/khelo-india-youth-games-the-missing-block-in-the-puzzle-of-indian-sports
The Ministry also spreads awareness about sports and wellness via its social media handle on Twitter by posting interesting tidbits on various sports, celebrating our upcoming athletes to represent in international events, promoting wellness and Fit India Movement which is an initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to encourage people to stay healthy and fit by including physical activities and sports in their daily lives.