Ministry of Sport launches online portal for schemes, rewards, benefits

Deserving athletes and former athletes will now no longer be required to run after national federations and government offices for their rewards and quotas, as the Ministry of Sports has brought the processes online.

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launched three major initiatives from his department on Friday: an online portal for sports department schemes, the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) website and a revised prize money scheme, national welfare and sports pensions.

While active athletes seeking government recognition and rewards can now apply online at the sports department portal, businesses, PSUs and individuals can contribute to the NSDF fund on its newly built website.

Thakur called the initiatives “revolutionary” and said they will help bring transparency and accountability, as well as further the government’s mission in digital India.

“We will continue to provide facilities for our athletes, but if we can integrate technology with these facilities, it can be very beneficial.

“If an athlete had to seek rewards and recognition from the government after a good performance, they had to go through the federation or SAI first, then they went through scrutiny and it took almost a year or two for these athletes to receive their dues.” ”, he said during the launch.

“We made this system simpler and more transparent. In simple words, we have used technology to bring more transparency and accountability to the system and it will further help athletes to apply online and receive their fees in a limited time.

“The Deen Dayal Upadhyay National Welfare Plan or pension plan for athletes we have also created online so that athletes’ time is not wasted on this. The role of SAI and NSF has been made non-existent, so to speak.” . Thakur said.

“It is a revolutionary step taken by the Ministry of Sports.”

The minister reiterated that procedures have been made more flexible so that athletes can access the benefits of wellness plans without delay.

“The pension scheme for meritorious athletes also took time and many were unable to obtain the benefit. For this reason, we have made a transparent and easy-to-use system available to athletes.

“It’s easy to use, it’s technology-driven, and thanks to this we can also meet the government’s minimum and government’s maximum thinking.

“We will try to update this system continuously to make life easier and one can get the benefits. It is easy to apply, takes less time and money is transferred directly to bank accounts through DBT.”

Thakur also called on compatriots, private entities and PSUs to contribute to the NSDF for the development of Indian sports.

“NSDF is a great initiative in creating funds for TOPS, other benefits for athletes and infrastructure development. PSU, companies have helped us from time to time in the creation of this fund.

“Individuals can also contribute if they wish. I call on all compatriots, the business sector, PSUs and all other institutions to go online and make their contribution, which will help us move the sport forward.” , said.

“Adopt a player, adopt a game, adopt a shelter, adopt a field… You can choose and apply to adopt any player, any sport, any shelter, any sports infrastructure, we are ready to partner with you and you will.” be technology-driven and transparent.

Asked if the process of the National Sports Awards, which are delivered on the National Sports Day, can be done online, the minister said: “I will take it as a good suggestion. We will take note of this.”

All contributions to the NSDF will earn income tax exemptions.

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