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TOTAL PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAMME (TPFP)

 

                                        The mission of the TPFP is to promote the benefits of leading a physically active life among the various cross-sections of the society, starting at the school level. It was inaugurated by the President of India, Smt. Prathibha Devsingh Patil, on her maiden trip to the State after assuming her high office. The programme at the ground level was thereafter implemented on November 1, 2008 with the introduction of the battery of tests, assigned as part of TPFP, among the students studying from Class I to IX in schools across the State.

 

          Overall, a total of a little over 16 lakh students were thus tested to ascertain the cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition (percentage of body fat) among the targeted children during the year 2008-09. The results of these tests, carried out in over 5,300 schools, only confirmed our worst fears with only 4 per cent among the tested children achieving more than 75 per cent marks and 19.62 per cent of the tested children attaining the minimum required physical fitness levels (The detailed aims of the TPFP and complete   results for 2008-09 is attached to this memorandum as Annexure 1). That over 80.38 per cent of the school children did fail in the simple tests undertaken as part of the TPFP was also what hastened the Government of Kerala to integrate sports and physical education into the education curriculum.

          In the current year (2009-10), the first phase the TPFP testing programme was closed on 10th Nov 2009 and 24 lakhs students from 5932 schools participated in the programme. The 2nd phase of the testing programme for those who obtained A, B and C grades in first phase is scheduled to begin from 12th Jan to 22nd Jan 2010. Large sums of 92,432 students are qualified for 2nd phase testing in the state. For the administrative feasibility, it is proposed to conduct testing programme in Sub Educational district basis.

          The decision of the Government of Kerala is to continue with the TPFP testing programme as a continuing process so as its long-term benefits does reach out to all sections of society. The annual cost of conducting the tests at the school level itself last year had crossed Rs. 75 lakh and this was borne by the Kerala State Sports Council (KSSC), which was appointed as the nodal agency for implementation of the project jointly implemented by the Departments of Education, Health, Sports and Youth Affairs and Local Self Government.

          However, to achieve the aims and objective of the TPFP and help each and every individual to improve his/her own physical activity level and also in setting and achieving realistic goals of physical fitness lasting a lifetime, the support of the Government of India is essential as the State with its limited resources can hardly undertake such an expensive project.  Financial support from the Government of India is also required for the conduct of the remedial programme envisaged as part of the project and in unearthing the talent among school children for sports and game, identified as part of the programme and also in running an effective awareness programme among the populace of the State highlighting the need to lead a physical active life under these challenging times. More details about the project is available at www.tpfp.org

 

PANCHAYAT YUVA KRIDA AUR KHEL ABHIYAN

          The National Sports Policy 2001 lays special emphasis on “Broad-basing of Sports” through grassroots level sport activity and “Promoting Excellence in Sports” at the national and international levels. The major constraint in taking sport activity to the grassroots level is the very limited availability of basic sports infrastructure/ facilities in the country. Tenth Five Year Plan, which, while referring to thrust areas for the Plan, observed that, “there is an immediate need to create a network of basic sports infrastructure throughout the country” and ensure proper access to it “to enable more people to participate in sports thereby broadening our base for scouting of talent”.
 

          The Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) aims at achieving the abovementioned objectives by providing basic sports infrastructure and equipment at the panchayat level and encouraging sports and games in rural areas through annual competitions at the block and district levels.

          The PYKKA would be a joint effort between the Centre and the States and the funding would be on a 75-25 basis, with the Centre contributing the larger share. Depending on the size of the panchayat, there could be more than one PYKKA facility can be established.

          Each village panchayat would be given Rs. 1 lakhs for each unit of 4600 population (on prorate basis) and each block panchayat would be Rs. 5 Lakh respectively as one-time seed capital grant for developing playgrounds. They would also be given additional funds as operational grant and acquisition grant.

 

          Each block panchayat would be provided an annual competition grant of Rs. 50,000 for holding block-level competitions and Rs. 3 lakh for District-level competitions. Prize money for block level and district-level competitions would also be given.

 
          All the panchayat and blocks in the state will be covered according to the perspective plan within 9 years.
 
 
     
 
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