Staff Reporter

Central Government’s grant released under PYKKA

State will benefit to the tune of Rs. 26 crores, says MP

Amount meant for sprucing up playfields in schools

VIJAYAWADA: As many as 101 village-level schools and five mandal-level schools in Krishna district will get a grant of Rs. 1 lakh each and Rs. 5 lakh each, respectively, under the Central Government-funded ‘Panchayat Yuva Kreeda Khel Abhiyan’ (PYKKA), according to MP Lagadapati Rajagopal.

Speaking to media persons on Friday, Mr. Rajagopal said that under the scheme, which was launched to promote sports infrastructure and activities in rural areas throughout the country, Andhra Pradesh would benefit to the tune of Rs. 26 crores.

The Central scheme was being implemented along with the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh and in cooperation with the Nehru Yuva Kendras, non-government organisations and Panchayat Raj departments.

“The amount released under the scheme is meant for sprucing up the playfields in the respective schools. The grant will be released to joint bank account of the school headmaster and a representative of the Nehru Yuva Kendra or a self-help group or the Panchayat Raj Department as per local convenience,” Mr. Rajagopal explained.

He said that under the Vijayawada Lok Sabha segment, 39 schools in villages and two schools in mandals will benefit. “Under the second phase, sports equipment worth Rs 10,000 will be granted to the villages and those of a value of Rs 20,000 would be given to mandal schools. All the 1,110 schools in the district will be brought under the scheme in the phased manner,” he said.

District Sports Development Officer B. Sudhakar said out of 101 schools, 65 schools had already provided their bank account details and the remaining would complete the formalities soon.

“As part of the scheme, a sportsperson will be given a monthly honorarium of Rs. 500 a month to conduct sports activities for the rural youth.

Once the infrastructure is completed, youth and women games conducted under the rural sports will come under the scheme,” he disclosed. AP Physical Education Teachers Association secretary P.V. Sudhakar also took part in the meeting.