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Anurag Thakur, the Indian Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, has confirmed that the medal winners at the Khelo India Games will be eligible to apply for government jobs. In his recent post on X, the 49-year-old spoke about how this “groundbreaking step” is “in keeping with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s vision of a robust sports ecosystem.”

The eligibility for government jobs will be extended to the Khelo India Games' medal winners, which includes Youth, University, Para, and Winter Games. This announcement from Anurag Thakur is an initiative of the Department of Personnel & Training, in consultation with the Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, wherein they have made “progressive revisions to the eligibility criteria for sportspersons seeking government jobs!”

The post from Anurag Thakur on his official X account also remarked the eligibility of Khelo India medal winners for government jobs will help in “nurturing the talent at the grassroot level and turning sports into a lucrative and viable career option.” He also stated that the “revised rules mark a significant stride in supporting our athletes in making Bharat a sporting superpower.”

As per the report from the Indian Express, apart from the Khelo India medal winners, the achievers in the School Games Federation of India events will also maintain eligibility for government jobs. The updated guidelines also established clear criteria for the national and international chess competitions, which will ensure equitable opportunities for chess enthusiasts.