Government of India launched Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees (SPASSACGE) in the first week of December 2015. It is a perfect New Year gift for the employees who crave for adventure but do not have money and time.
Let’s have a look at the new scheme.
Why was scheme launched?
The scheme was launched for well-being of the employees. The sponsored adventures will
- Create environmental awareness.
- Enhance risk-taking ability.
- Help in averting harmful impact of sedentary lifestyle and tackling excessive job stress.
- Help in developing team spirit.
- Improve morale and efficiency.
- Offer opportunities to learn from nature and the consequent knowledge will help in betterment of the society.
- Prepare employees for difficult situations.
- Prepare employees for disaster management.
- Provide a channel for creativity.
What are the components of the sponsored trips?
Main components of the trips are:
- Capacity building. According to Agenda 21 of The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), capacity building “specifically encompasses the country’s human, scientific, technological, organizational, institutional and resource capabilities. A fundamental goal of capacity building is to enhance the ability to evaluate and address the crucial questions related to policy choices and modes of implementation among development options, based on an understanding of environment potentials and limits and of needs perceived by the people of the country concerned.” (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/Agenda21.pdf)
- Disaster management
- Environmental Awareness
- Swachchh Bharat (Clean India) Campaign
- Team spirit
Which adventure activities are included in the scheme?
- Beach Trekking
- Boat Sailing
- Cycling in difficult terrain
- Desert Safari
- Desert Trekking
- Environmental awareness camps
- Jungle Safari
- Para Sailing
What is the duration of sponsored adventure trips?
Who will create trip calendar?
The Department of Personnel and Training will create and circulate the calendar regularly.
Which is the nodal agency?
Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board (CCSCSB), a part of Department of Personnel and Training in Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, is the nodal agency for implementing the scheme.
The board is registered as a society under the Society Registration Act, 1860.
What are the benefits?
The Department of Personnel & Training will offer financial support for the adventure trips. For example, reimbursement of expenses subject to maximum of INR 20,000 per employee per camp.
The reimbursement includes
- Actual equipment rentals subject to maximum of INR 2,000. The equipment may be rented from government agency.
- 75-90% of the programme fee depending on employee group: 75% for Group A, 80% for Group B, and 90% for Group C
- to and fro travel expenses subject to (1) leave travel concession rules and (2) maximum of INR 4,000
Every year the two best employees of each department or ministry are entitled to full programme fee. The best employees are those whose services are rated excellent by the employers.
The financial assistance is available for just one activity in a two-year period.
Employees are eligible for special casual leave as per the 1985 & 1988 rules of the Department of Personnel and Training Office.
Who is eligible for the adventures?
- Departments of Government of India
The employees can only join adventure trips conducted by organizations and institutes selected by the Department of Personnel and Training.
Which organizations and institutes are approved by the department?
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Himachal Pradesh
- Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd, Uttarakhand
- Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Jammu and Kashmir
- National Institute of Water Sports, Goa
- Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Uttarakhand
- Swami Vivekanand Institute of Mountaineering, Rajasthan
Under the scheme, the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL) is offering 5-days adventure trips featuring jungle safaris, rafting, and / or moderate trekking in Rajaji National Park, Neelkanth, Rishikesh, and Hardiwar. GMVNL will organize trips from January 11 to 31, 2016.
Each trip may cost INR 17,550 per participant for a group of twenty people. The trips are subject to terms and conditions of both GMVNL and the scheme.
How can employees avail the sponsorship?
- Register with approved organization or institute.
- Pay trip fee.
- Take approval of the Welfare Officer of the department/ministry. The officer shall also certify that the prospective participant is medically fit for the adventures.
- Apply to CCSCSB.
- In case of best employees, the employer will nominate the candidates.
Who will reimburse the cost of adventures?
CCSCSB will reimburse the cost after successful completion of the trip.
What does employee need for reimbursement?
Employee should successfully complete the program and submit the program completion certificate to CCSCSB.
Who can modify and update the scheme?
The Department of Personnel and Training may revise and update the scheme to add or delete adventure activities and programme organizers. It may also revise the incentives and financial support at any time.