The Sports Authority of India has shelled out Rs 5.78 crore to pay for the allowances for the months of October and November of 2783 athletes that are part of the Khelo India initiative.
The sum, which has been termed as an ‘Out of Pocket’ (OPA) allowance has been transferred directly into the athlete’s bank account. The OPA amounts to 1.2 lakh annually per athlete while the rest of the funds would be dedicated to other prospects of the athlete’s life which include training, lodging, food and education with the Khelo India Academy.
The Out of Pocket Allowance includes expenses towards travel to hometown, diet charges while at home and other miscellaneous expenses incurred by the athletes. Each athlete has been given Rs 30,000 for the period of April, May and June 2020.
Athletes from 35 states and union territories have been given the OPA in 21 sporting disciplines with the maximum number of Khelo India athletes in the following five states, namely, Maharashtra (386), Haryana (381), Delhi (225), Punjab (202) and Tamil Nadu (165), the official website reads
As per the statement released by the Sports Authority of India, the allowance also includes expenses for prospective travelling to homeland, dietary charges and other expenditure that the athlete might need while being stationed away. The allocation of funds has been carried out abiding by the Khelo India Talent Development Scheme.
The 2783 Khelo athletes originating from 35 states across 24 sporting fields are all eligible for the out of pocket allowance disbursed by the Sports Authority of India. Apart from the OPA, the authority have also allocated Rs 45.4 lakhs for the last two months as part of the Khelo India Scholarships which involve 227 rural athletes.
Sports Authority of India had released Rs 8.25 crore as an allowance for 2749 athletes in May 2020.
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