Khelo India Medal Winners Now Eligible for Government Jobs

Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT), with the support of Sports Department, has introduced significant reforms in the recruitment, promotion and incentive mechanisms for athletes. This initiative underlines the government’s commitment to nurture sporting talent and turn sports into an attractive career option.

Khelo India Athlete: A new gateway to government employment

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Anurag Singh Thakur has announced that medal winners in Youth, University, Para and Winter categories at Khelo India Games are now eligible for government jobs. This development is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of building a strong sports ecosystem in the country and providing a safe and promising career path to young athletes.

Inclusive and transparent eligibility criteria

The updated guidelines, effective from a memorandum issued on March 4, are designed to provide enhanced incentives, transparency and inclusivity. For the first time, athletes who have excelled in the Khelo India Games and achieved achievements in events organized by the School Games Federation of India will qualify for government employment opportunities. This progressive step ensures wider recognition of sporting excellence across various disciplines, including traditional sports and emerging areas like chess.

Structured hierarchy for sporting achievements

The reforms introduce a structured hierarchy based on sporting achievements, with clear criteria established for eligibility in government jobs. This includes athletes who have represented the country or state in international or national events, as well as athletes who have demonstrated success in junior national tournaments. The inclusion of chess competitions at the national and international level is an important step towards recognizing the intellectual game within the employment framework of the government.

streamlined certification process

To facilitate seamless integration of eligible athletes into government roles, the roster of authorized entities authorized to issue certificates validating athletes’ eligibility has been expanded. It includes secretaries of national sports federations for international events, secretaries of state associations for national competitions and deans or sports officials of universities for inter-university tournaments.

Recognition of Khelo India Games

Highlighting the importance of the Khelo India initiative, the Games have been officially recognized as events of national importance. This acknowledgment not only enhances the stature of the Khelo India Games but also opens up new avenues for athletes to secure their future through government employment, thereby incentivizing their participation and performance.

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