The Union Government has merged Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan with Khelo India. They merged another two sport projects which were launched during UPA Government
- Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS)
- National Sports Talent Search Scheme (N-STSS)
During the 2016-17 budget Rs 140 crore allocated for the above projects
About Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan
Congress led launched the scheme named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Launched by: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and then Sports Miniter Jitendra Singh
Founded in: 2014
Features: The scheme is launched to replaced Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abiyan (PYKKA) was brainchild of Mani Shankar Aiyar
Aim: To Construct Sports Complexes in each block and exclusively both for outdoor and indoor sports discipline for 5 years.
About Khelo India:
Based on: Gujarat’s model of “Khel Mahakumbh”
Features: There are about 27 disciplines where sports person from schools and colleges can participate. They are conducting summer camps every year to enhance the sports spirits as similar as Sports Authority of Gujarat.
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge): Sarbananda Sonowal. The Ministry awards Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna to sportsperson every year.