A total of INR 77 crore 7 lakh 55 thousand is earmarked for sports expenditures in the state this year as part of the Central initiative 'Khele Bharat-Khile Bharat.' Out of this allocation, INR 36 crore 22 lakh 8 thousand is designated for primary classes spanning from first to eighth grade, while an additional grant of INR 38 crore 84 lakh 7500 is allocated for secondary classes. These funds have been disbursed by the Rajasthan Education Council.
Specifically in Udaipur, INR 2.25 crore is designated for primary-level sports initiatives, and INR 1.88 crore for secondary-level activities. It is crucial to note that any misuse of these funds for purposes other than sports will result in departmental actions. Furthermore, failure to provide proper utilization certificates for the expenditure will be considered as a financial irregularity.
T. Shubmangala, the Project Director of the Rajasthan Education Council, emphasized that this grant has been provided with the intention of fostering sports development. Its proper utilization is expected to elevate the significance of sports within schools.
In the primary class, games are tailored to suit the children's age group. The activities include Kids Kabaddi, Tire rolling, Pithu, Sack race, Kho-Kho, Aankh Micholi, Tug of War, and the Kanche game. In the secondary class, students will engage in a variety of sports including Soft Tennis, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Billiards, Snooker, Body Building, Boxing, Chess, Football, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Karate, Kho-Kho, Mallakhamb, Rugby, Cricket, Kick Boxing, and Yoga.
There are a total of 3858 government schools in the Udaipur district. Among these, 2223 are primary schools, 745 are upper primary schools, 801 are higher secondary schools, and 89 are Mahatma Gandhi English Medium schools. Surprisingly, more than 30 percent, which is over 11 schools, lack proper grounds. Approximately 5 years ago, the Panchayati Raj Department issued an order, directing all panchayats to allocate land for school grounds. As a result, many schools managed to acquire grounds. However, it's noteworthy that a significant number of upper primary level schools still don't have access to this essential facility.
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