Union Government merges Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan with Khelo India
The Union Government has merged Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) with the Khelo India Programme for development of sports.
The RGKA was a centrally sponsored scheme launched by then Congress-led UPA government in 2014.
Union Government also has merged two other sport projects launched by then UPA regime viz. Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) and National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) under Khelo India.
Khelo India Programme is based on Gujarat Government’s model of Khel Mahakumbh. In it chools and colleges from different parts of the country participate in about 27 disciplines. Even the Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG) organises summer camps every year under this project.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan(RGKA): It was launched in place of erstwhile Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA). RGKA aimed at constructing sports complexes in each block and exclusively both for indoor and outdoor in different sports discipline for 5 years.
PYKKA: It was a rural sports initiative introduced by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to promote youth and social development through sports.