Meghalaya, with its rich cultural heritage and a growing pool of talented individuals, has recently witnessed the emergence of some prominent sports personalities. However, when compared to other states across the country, the state’s sports achievements are relatively modest. Even in comparison to neighbouring northeastern states, which share similar physical attributes, Meghalaya falls short in producing notable sports talents. This disparity calls for focused attention and concerted efforts to unlock the true sporting potential of the state.
In addition to the challenges in sports development, another significant issue that Meghalaya faces is the dearth of entertainment and media establishments that cater to the needs and aspirations of its people. This shortfall is not limited to the absence of cinema halls but extends to the lack of institutes that promote the state’s rich culture and provide platforms for the arts to be performed and displayed. Meghalaya boasts a wealth of cultural traditions that are currently at risk of fading away, as only a few individuals in villages practice and perform these dying arts. It is essential to ensure the preservation and promotion of this cultural heritage so that future generations can also embrace and enjoy it.
To address these concerns and invigorate the sports and entertainment landscape of Meghalaya, we recognize the critical need for well-established and efficiently run facilities. These establishments should serve as centres for sporting excellence, artistic expression, cultural preservation, and community engagement. By investing in and improving these facilities, we can create an environment that nurtures talent, showcases the state’s unique culture, and provides avenues for
The state of Meghalaya has not been producing athletes who can compete who can represent the Nation, as much as the other states in India. This is not due to a lack of ability or a biological problem. One of the main problems facing the state in this regard is that there are no proper facilities for such sportsman to be trained. Meghalaya’s athletes have been held back by the dearth of proper sports training facilities. While talented, they lack access to modern training centers equipped with state-of-the-art resources and experienced coaches. This deficit has impeded their ability to compete on a national stage and represent the nation effectively. The absence of appropriate infrastructure has compelled national competitions to be held elsewhere, causing disappointment and missed opportunities for thestate.
Recognizing the inextricable link between fitness, sports, and fitness, it is essential to take a proactive approach to improve the overall well-being of Meghalaya’s residents. Presently, the state records one of the highest numbers of cancer cases per capita in the country, underscoring the urgency to encourage active and an overall better lifestyle. Additionally, with people living longer, the demand for comprehensive health care support is increasing, necessitating a focus on preventive measures through fitness and sports initiatives.
With respect to the above, projects dealing in the category of “Wellness and Fitness” which will promote the wellbeing of people in the state. The details for applying for this is as follows:
- A project report (details mentioned in further sections) will be required which outlines the revenue model of the same
- The applicants must fit the eligibility criteria (details mentioned in further sections)
- A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected in the state of Meghalaya however giving priority to one application per district first i.e., unless every district has had one “winner” (provided applications are received and approved by the selection committee) no other district will have more than 1 selected application
- The maximum grant component allowed will be ₹ 2 Cr (Rupees Two Crore)
- The Grant Subsidy that will be provided by the Government of Meghalaya for the project will be up to the tune of 35% of the total project cost
- The remaining amount of funds i.e., 65% of project cost will have to be via a bank loan
- NOTE: only 5 participants will be selected for the maximum grant component in the category of Wildcard Entry and Wellness and Fitness Categories, the remaining “winners” will be awarded a maximum of ₹ 50 lakhs (Rupees Fifty Lakhs)