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Khelo India Games face hurdle from Railways in terms of allowing concessions

The revamped Khelo India programme, approved by the Union Cabinet at a cost of Rs 1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20, faces a challenge from the Railways in terms of allowing concessions to the travelling athletes. This under-17 tournament for school students from across the states, will be having a participation of over 5,000 school students and around 2,000 coaches, technical delegates and other officials. The sports ministry has requested the railways ministry to offer concession on AC train tickets to the participating students and officials accompanying them. But the Railways has stated that there is no such provision in its rulebook.

According to Railway rules, a sportsperson participating in the ‘All India, State and National’ tournaments are entitled for 75 percent concession in second and sleeper class, and 50 percent in First Class (non AC). However Non-AC First Class category is no longer available in most trains. Thus, if the Railway Ministry approves Sports Auhority of India’s (SAI) demand, then it would have to either make a special provision for Khelo India participants or bring about a complete policy change.

A proposal has been sent to the Railway Board, the ministry’s top decision-making body, to come out of the situation.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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