Central Assistance of Rs 2.51 Crore Sanctioned to Sikkim under PYKKA
Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports 13-August, 2012 15:52 IST
The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has sanctioned the Central Assistance of Rs. 2.51 crore in the month of July-August 2012 to the State of Sikkim for maintenance of playfields and payment of honorarium to Kridashrees in 70 village panchayats and 35 block panchayats under the Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA).
With this a total grant of Rs. 6.87 crore has so far been sanctioned to the State for development and maintenance of playfields.
In Sikkim, the PYKKA Scheme is being implemented through the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs. A sum of Rs 4.36 crore was provided to Department upto 31st March, 2012 ( for the years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11) for development and maintenance of 96 village panchayats and 29 block panchayats under the PYKKA.
PYKKA aims at development and maintenance of playfields in village and block panchayats across the country and organizing annual sports competitions from block to national levels is implemented through the State Government/UTs.
Under the PYKKA, which was introduced in 2008-09, playfields are developed and maintained in villages and block panchayats across the country in a phased manner and competitions are conducted annually at block, district, state and national level. The scheme aims at creation of basic sports infrastructure in 2.50 lakh village panchayats and 6400 block panchayats in a phased manner over a period of 10 years.
The scheme also provide for 100 % central assistance to State/UTs for holding annual rural sports competitions as block, district, state and national levels as also financial support for conducting National Women Championships and North East Games. 51,759 village panchayats and 1,538 block panchayats have been covered under the PYKKA Scheme, during the last four years (2008-09 to 2011-12) for development and maintenance of playfields.
Source: PIB, GOI