1. IMPLEMENTATION OF ‘TOPS’ IN LIMBO
None of the athletes selected for TOPS have received necessary support for their training apart from a monthly stipend of Rs 50,000.
- ‘NSDF Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme’ in the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) has an objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for Olympic Games. Focused disciplines will be Athletics, Archery, Badminton, and Boxing, Wrestling and Shooting.
- The selected athletes will be provided financial assistance for their customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support. Benchmark for selection of athletes under the scheme will be in relation to international standards. There will be annual/semi-annual review of performance of selected athletes.
- India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL), a PSU under the Ministry of Finance, will contribute Rs. 30 crore to National Sports Development Fund (NSDF). Customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support is being provided to the elite athletes, which would result in improved performance and a higher position in medals tally for the country in international sports events and mega-sports events.
2. TB PATIENTS TO GET RS 500 PER MONTH DURING TREATMENT
The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) has approved an incentive of Rs 500 a month for all tuberculosis patients for the duration of the treatment, irrespective of their income level. The money is for nutrition support, as TB is known to be a disease of undernutrition.
“A system will be put in place to provide incentive/enablers to patients for validated services via Aadhaar-enabled Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). All patients, irrespective of their place of treatment, will be linked to applicable social support schemes for ensuring adherence and successful completion of treatment. To address financial and nutritional hardship the patient and family undergoes due to TB and to reduce catastrophic cost to patient due to TB, cash incentive of Rs 2,000 will be provided for every TB patient through Direct Benefit Transfer,” says the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination.
India is the country with the largest TB burden in the world. The bacterial infection kills an estimated 4.80 lakh Indians every year and more than 1,400 every day. India also has more than a million ‘missing’ cases every year that are not notified (despite a government directive on mandatory notification of TB cases) and most remain either undiagnosed or unaccountably and inadequately diagnosed and treated in the private sector.