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PIB Daily – 4th March 2020 – IASToppers

National Sports Development Fund; Target Olympic Podium Scheme; 61st Lalit Kala Akademi Awards; Lalit Kala Akademi; Janaushadhi Week.
By IASToppers
March 05, 2020


Government Schemes & Policies

  • National Sports Development Fund

Key Facts for Prelims

  • 61st Lalit Kala Akademi Awards

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Government Schemes & Policies

National Sports Development Fund

Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL) under the Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives of the Company, contributed a sum of Rs 1 Crore towards National Sports Development Fund.

Details of the move:

  • The amount would be utilised under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for the top athletes of our Country selected for Tokyo Olympics and beyond.
  • The cheque of Rs 1 Crore was handed over to Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs & Sports.

Target Olympic Podium Scheme:

  • Target Olympic Podium Scheme was formulated in July 2014 under overall ambit of National Sports Development Fund (NSDF).


  • It is aimed to identify, groom and prepare potential medal prospects for Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sports included:

  • Presently, nine sports disciplines: (i) Athletics, (ii) Badminton (iii) Hockey (iv) Shooting (v) Tennis (vi) Weightlifting (vii) Wrestling, (viii) Archery and (ix) Boxing have been categorised as ‘High Priority’. At present, there is no proposal to expand the list of high priority sports.
  • High priority category has been created to put focus on and incentivize those sports disciplines played in the Olympics in which India has won medals in the last conducted Asian Games as well as Commonwealth Games or in which India has good chance of winning medals in Olympics.

Other Assistance:

  • Under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs), assistance is also provided to sports disciplines other than High Priority Sports disciplines.
  • Assistance is given for participation in international sporting events, conduct of international events in India, conduct of National Championships and coaching camps.
  • Further, identification and nurturing of identified talented sportspersons belonging to various sports disciplines is done under the promotional schemes of Sports Authority of India and Khelo India Scheme.

Key Facts:

  • About 54.40 % of total expenditure of National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) has been incurred on TOP Scheme.
  • Till date, 352 athletes have received assistance under TOP Scheme in the sports disciplines of Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Winter Olympics, Wushu, Para Sports, Para Athletics, Para Shooting, and Para Badminton.

National Sports Development Fund:

  • National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) was established by the central government to mobilising resources from the government and non-governmental sources for promotion of sports and games.
  • It was established in 1998, under Charitable Endowments Act 1890.
  • The funds available under NSDF are used for promotion of sports and achieving excellence at the national and international level.
  • The day to day working of the Fund is managed by the Executive Committee.
  • The Member Secretary of the Executive Committee is the custodian of all records of the Fund.
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Key Facts for Prelims

61st Lalit Kala Akademi Awards

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, conferred the 61st annual Lalit Kala Akademi Awards on 15 meritorious artists at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan recently.


  • Artists honoured are: Anoop Kumar Manzukhi Gopi, David Malakar, Devendra Kumar Khare, Dinesh Pandya, Faruque Ahmed Halder, Hari Ram Kumbhawat, Keshari Nandan Prasad, Mohan Kumar T, Ratan Krishna Saha, Sagar Vasant Kamble, Satwinder Kaur, Sunil Thiruvayur, Tejaswi Narayan Sonawane, Yashpal Singh and Yashwant Singh.
  • Artwork of these artists will be on display till March 22, 2020, at the 61st National Exhibition of Art at the Lalit Kala Akademi galleries in New Delhi.

Art exhibition:

  • Lalit Kala Akademi organises art exhibitions and award ceremonies every year to promote art as well as to honour talents.
  • The exhibition brings together the works of brilliance from across the country and also encourages budding art talents to learn new tendencies and mediums in the world of painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, drawing, installation and multimedia etc.

Lalit Kala Akademi Awards:

  • The Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship or Lalit Kala Akademi Ratna is an honour for the fine arts in India, given to eminent artists for their lifetime achievements in the field of visual arts.
  • It is awarded by the Lalit Kala Akademi, India’s National Academy of Art.
  • It is the highest honour in the fine arts conferred by the Government of India.

Lalit Kala Akademi:

  • The Lalit Kala Akademi or National Academy of Art is India’s national academy of fine arts.
  • It is an autonomous organisation, established in New Delhi in 1954 by Government of India to promote and propagate understanding of Indian art, in and outside the country.
  • LKA provides scholarships and a fellow program, and sponsors and organises exhibitions in India and overseas.
  • It is funded by the Union Ministry of Culture.
  • Its headquarters are at Ravindra Bhawan, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi.
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