Sports Ministry Launches Online Portal For Schemes & Funds
The Indian Sports Ministry launched an online portal for the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for players & coaches to process cash awards, welfare & pension schemes.
Now deserving sportspersons and former sports persons will no longer need to run to national federations and government offices to get their prizes and dues as the sports ministry has now made these processes online.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Friday launched three major initiatives for his department, which include an online portal for schemes of sports department, website of National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) and revised scheme for cash prizes, national welfare and pension for sportspersons.
Active sports persons can now apply online on the Sports Department’s portal while corporates, PSUs and individuals can contribute to the NSDFA fund on its new website.
Terming the initiative as ‘revolutionary’, Thakur said that it would help in bringing transparency and accountability, besides giving a boost to the government’s ‘Digital India Mission’.
Statement from The Sports Minister
The Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said on the occasion of the launch,
“We will continue to provide facilities to our players but if we can integrate technology with these facilities then it can be very beneficial.
If a player has to get awards and recognition from the government after performing well, then he has to go through the federation or earlier through the Sports Authority of India, after which it would be investigated and the players would have to be rewarded. It would have taken about a year or two to get my dues.
We have made the process simpler and more transparent. In simple words, we have used technology for greater transparency and accountability and this will help the players to apply online and get their money in limited time.”