Car Nicobar, Dec. 13: A two days Training Programme for the Kreedashrees, under the National Panchayat Yuva Kreeda aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) began today at Car Nicobar. Addressing the participating Volunteers, the Chief Guest, Education Officer of the District Shri H. Nathaniel said that the volunteers have greater responsibilities of developing the Sports Culture in their respective villages. He explained that the PYKKA Scheme ensures healthy and cordial atmosphere in the village. By participating in the Sports activities, the youth of the village not only get the opportunity of learning and enjoying the games but he keeps himself away from the evils of drug abuse also. Nathaniel further said that the relations among the different villages also get better with the introduction of healthy sports activities.

Explaining the salient features of PYKKA, the Block Sports Officer Shri Birendra Pradhan said that in order to develop healthy sports environment in the rural parts of the country, the National Programme was launched in 2008. In the first phase the target was fixed to cover 2 lakhs villages in the next 10 years. He said that in the Islands also the scheme has been introduced, under which the Basic Sports Infrastructure is being developed in the villages and training programmes have been started for the kreedashrees.

The Master Trainer Shri Nagesh Rao spoke about the various activities to be conducted by the Kreedashree in his village. He said that the Kreedashree not only guides the rural players, but at the same time he has to shoulder the responsibilities of a Motivator, Teacher and Counsellor also. They are expected to be the role models to the rural youth, he emphasized.

In the theory class all the Kreedashrees from the 15 villages of the Car Nicobar zone took part today. The practical sessions will be held tomorrow at Bishop John Richardson Stadium.