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Rajiv Gandhi Adventure Scheme launched

Rajiv Gandhi Adventure Scheme launched

gillNew Delhi: Dr. M.S Gill, Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports formally launched “Rajiv Gandhi Adventure Scheme” for promotion of Adventure among Youth in the presence  Pratik Prakashbapu Patil, Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports and National Service Scheme ( NSS) volunteers here today .
While speaking on the occasion, Dr Gill said that the objective of the Scheme is to consolidate and standardize the adventure activities for youth being undertaken by various agencies / institutions with the financial assistance provided by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. Initially, under the Scheme, it is proposed to cover 2000 NSS volunteers by organizing 100 adventure camps every year but would like to gradually expand it to 5000 volunteers annually, he added.
About the Scheme :
Keeping in view the importance of adventure in channelizing the energy of youth and in building their character, It is felt that the activities undertaken should be standardized and certain benchmarks should be fixed at the national level so as to ensure homogeneity. The Rajiv Gandhi Adventure Scheme is being launched with the objective of consolidating and standardizing the adventure activities for youth being undertaken by various agencies / institutions with the financial assistance provided by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) which is an apex body for the adventure activities in India will serve as a lead institute. Each adventure camp will be of 10 days duration (excluding journey time) and will comprise a batch of 20 to 30 volunteers. Through IMF funds will be provided by the Ministry to the National Mountaineering Schools for conducting the adventure camps
On a pilot basis, 50 camps covering 1000 NSS volunteers have been planned. About 41 camps have already been organized by the Mountaineering Schools covering 820 volunteers.
The adventure camps are being planned in locations available in Southern India as well as Eastern and Western parts of India to give the youth a much required exposure to the geographical features of our country. The new adventure camps include Rock Climbing in Kannur, Jungle Camps in Thekkady Sayadri in Mumbai, River Rafting in Rishikesh, Camel Safaris in Bikaner/ Jaisalmer sector. The Youth Hostel Ooty will be the centre for the southern chapter of adventure activities. The State Governments will be partners in planning adventure activities.
Volunteers above 18 years can enroll for the adventure activities. The volunteers are to be selected at the unit level by the college / university. To maintain the gender balance, it has to be ensured that 50% of the volunteers selected are girls. The slots have been distributed among various states depending on the strength of volunteers enrolled under NSS.

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