Khelo India was launched to tap the raw potential in the field sports and to promote sports as any profession and based on Guru-Shishya tradition in 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The programme aimed at honing skills of potential budding sportspersons and the state sports councils were roped in to provide experts from national and international sports arena. No doubt sportspersons from Jammu and Kashmir have excelled in the sports meet but hardly they have been extended any incentives to fine tune their skills to match national and international fields. On the other hand Maharashtra remained on the forefront announcing incentives and awards for players from the state, who won medals at the Khelo India Youth Games. This is no news for Jammu and Kashmir. No doubt J&K has honoured a few with state award but till date has not announced any incentives for the medal winners in the national arena. Encouraging these young champions and extending support to their sports aspirations, Maharashtra had awarded Rs 1 lakh for the gold, Rs 75,000 for silver and Rs 50,000 for bronze medallists as a reward for their excellent performances that won Maharashtra the first spot in Khelo India Youth Games – 2019. Maharashtra had emerged as the overall champions in the Games, jointly organised by the Centre and the Maharashtra government, in Pune and Mumbai, winning 227 medals (85 golds, 61 silvers and 81 bronze). On the contrary Jammu and Kashmir has greatly improved its medal tally over the years with the State bagging 506 medals in national and 26 in international level events this fiscal till January 31, 2019 as per government information. This is a big achievement as far as the performance of sports persons from Jammu and Kashmir is concerned but as far as incentives to sports persons especially young school children there is hardly any encouragement.
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