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The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur addressing at the signing ceremony of MoU between the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), Department of Sports M/o YAS and Coal India Limited for construction of three hostels at SAI academies at Bangalore, Bhopal and LNIPE Gwalior, in New Delhi on September 07, 2021. The Secretary, Sports, Shri Ravi Mittal is also seen.

Coal India Ltd (CIL),Ministry of Coal signs MOU with Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports

Newdelhi:7/9/21:Coal India Limited (CIL), under the Ministry of Coal, has signed an MoU with the Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, here today for the betterment of sports infrastructure in the country. Under the MoU, CIL, under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program will contribute Rs. 75 crores towards the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF). CIL’s contribution will be used for the construction of three large hostels meant for sportspersons. The initiative is seen as a significant step towards reaping the sports atmosphere created through recent success in Olympics & Paralympics where India finished with the best ever medal tally.

The MoU signing ceremony was held in the presence of Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of  Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs & Sports, and Shri Nisith Pramanik, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Youth Affairs, and Sports. Dr. Anil Kumar Jain, Secretary (Coal), Shri Ravi Mittal, Secretary (Sports), Shri Pramod Agrawal, Chairman, CIL, and other senior functionaries of the Ministries and CIL attended the function.

These hostels will be constructed at Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior, and Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) centers at Bhopal & Bengaluru with a combined capacity of 350 sportspersons. These hostels will benefit talented athletes directly by creating a conducive eco-system through focused training under national-level coaches. The project will be completed by 2023 for which CIL has already released Rs. 25 crores. This particular support from CIL also meets the purpose spelled out under “Khelo India” Scheme of Govt of India.

CIL spends over Rs. 500 crores annually on CSR initiatives. CIL and its subsidiaries have undertaken some high-impact projects under the thematic area of promotion of sports in its operational areas. Notable among them are- Support to Sport Academy at Ranchi by providing residential training to tribal youth of Jharkhand at the cost of Rs. 10 crores per year, a Multi-Purpose Sports Complex at Sambalpur, Odisha at the cost of Rs. 25 crores and a 10,000-capacity stadium at Jharsuguda, Odisha at the cost of Rs. 23 crores.

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