Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund For Sportspersons

Introduction: The Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons is a welfare scheme by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) aimed at providing assistance to meritorious sportspersons in need.

Ministry/Agency: The scheme is administered by the MYAS.

Objectives: The scheme aims to promote the welfare of sportspersons, alleviate distress among them and their dependents, and provide suitable assistance to outstanding sportspersons who brought glory to the country in international fields.

Benefits: The scheme provides financial assistance for various purposes:

  • Assistance to sportspersons living in indigent circumstances
  • Assistance for injuries sustained during training or sports competitions
  • Assistance to families of deceased outstanding sportspersons
  • Assistance for medical treatment of sportspersons or their family members
  • Assistance to coaches, support personnel, umpires, referees, and match officials

Eligibility: To be eligible for the scheme, the applicant must be a serving or retired sportsperson who has represented India at a national or international level sports competition. The annual income of the applicant’s self/family must be less than Rs. 4 LPA. The applicant must also qualify as one of the following:

  • Injured during the period of their training for competitions and also during the competitions
  • Disabled as an after-effect of their strenuous training or otherwise
  • Living in indigent circumstances or dependents of a deceased sportsperson

Implementation Strategy: The scheme can be administered for active sportspersons individually or collectively as a group. Applicants can check their eligibility and apply for the scheme through the MYAS.

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