Shri Vishal Kumar Dev, IAS

Commissioner - cum - Secretary

Shri R. Vineel Krishna, IAS


Shri Naveen Patnaik

Hon'ble Chief Minister

Shri Chandra Sarathi Behera

Hon'ble Minister

Biju Patnaik Sports Award Scheme
Government in Sports & Youth Services Department has instituted the Biju Patnaik Award for Outstanding Performance in Promotion of Sports & Games since 2001-2002. This is the highest honour of Government of Orissa conferred on distinguished Sports Persons/Coaches/Sports Journalists of the State in recognition and appreciation of the outstanding performance and contribution made by such persons for promotion of sports & games. Instituted in the name of Legendary Statesman and eminent Sports Person Late Biju Patnaik this annual award is conferred in 4 categories (Life Time Achievement, Sportsman of the Current year, Outstanding Coach, Outstanding Sports Journalist). The details of the
Award is indicated below:

Biju Patnaik Award
for Life Time Achievement
in Promotion of Sports & Games
Cash Award - Rs. 1,50,000/-
Silver Statuette, Scroll of honour, Blazer & Tie
Biju Patnaik Award
for Outstanding Performance in
Sports & Games for the Current
Cash Award - Rs. 1,00,000/-
Silver Statuette, Scroll of honour, Blazer &Tie
Biju Patnaik Outstanding
Coach Award
Cash Award - Rs. 50,000/-
Silver Statuette, Scroll of honour, Blazer & Tie
Biju Patnaik Outstanding
Sports Journalist Award
Cash Award - Rs. 30,000/-
Silver Statuette, Scroll of honour, Blazer &Tie
Department : Sports & Youth Services
Introduced Date : 19/11/2014
Sponsored By : Sports & Youth Services
Funding Pattern : ii) The awards under Rule 5-(i)-(a), (b), (c) and (d) shall carry Cash Award of Rs. 1,50,000/- (Rupees one lakh and fifty thousand) only, Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rupees one Lakh) only, Rs. 50,000/- (Rupees fifty thousand) only and Rs. 30,000/- (Rupees thirty tho
Beneficiaries : sports persons/sports journalists and conveys the revered recognition and appreciation of the State for the outstanding performance of sports persons of the State in promotion of Sports and Games.
Eligibility Criteria : a) To be eligible for the Award under Rule 5(i) (a), a sports person should have not only good performances in National/International level with excellence during previous years but also should have continued to contribute for promotion of Sports in his/her individual capacity even after retirement from sporting career. He/she should have shown qualities of leadership sportsmanship and sense of discipline.

b)To be eligible for the award under Rule 5(i)-(b) a sports person must have represented Orissa with excellent performance in any of the recognized games with outstanding achievements during the year under consideration.

c) The eligibility criteria for the Award under Rule 5(i)-(c) shall be as follows:

i. He/She should have devoted his/her career for imparting coaching to sports person in any of the major sports disciplines.
ii. He/She should have produced sports persons who must have achieved excellence in National/International sports events in any of the recognized sports disciplines.
iii. He/She should possess the quality of an ideal leader, must have maintained exemplary discipline, flawless conduct and cordial relationship with trainees during his/her career.
iv. He/She should have maintained the career graph and profile of his/her talented trainees from the time of spotting the talent till the period when the trainee/trainees achieves excellence in National/ International events.
v. He/She should not have been involved in any kind of controversies and dispute.

d) The following criteria shall be taken into consideration for the award under Rule 5(i)-

i. Length of service/seniority in profession.
ii. Quality of reporting of Local sports events with analytical assessment with a view to popularize sports events organized inside the state.
iii. Quality of reporting of national/international sports events.
iv. Preparing profile of local sports persons with interview which should include both prominent and upcoming sports persons.
v. Standard of knowledge of rules and regulations of all major games as well as other peripheral games.
vi. Involvement and activities with different sports organizations of the State.
vii. Standard and degree of innovation and critical analysis.
viii. Impartiality and fearlessness in reporting.
ix. Honesty and integrity in the profession.
x. Honesty and integrity in the profession.
xi. Emphasis on other important areas, i.e., training method sports equipments, sports injuries, rehabilitation of sports persons, employment opportunity for sports person and last but not the least the social recognition and financial stability of sports persons.

6) B. General Criteria of eligibility

i. He/She should be a permanent resident of State of Orissa.
ii. He/She should not have been convicted of any criminal offence or punished by any Court of Law for mis-conduct or for any other similar reason
iii. Canvassing for the award in any form is prohibited. Anybody found canvassing in his/her favour shall be debarred from consideration.
iv. No award will be made for second time to the same person.
v. The award can be given posthumously. In that event, the cash and other things will be given to the legal heirs of the honoured sports person.
vi. The award will be in addition to any other award of the Department or otherwise, which may be available to sports persons for the same achievements.
vii. The person who is recommended for the award shall be deemed to have accepted these rules.
viii. The decision of the Government in respect of interpretation of these rules shall be final.
How to Avail : i. Proposals for the awards shall be invited every year, through open advertisement copy of which will be available in the office of the District Collectors, S.Ps., Nehru Yuba Kendras, Orissa Council of Sports.
ii. Proposals can be sent by the individual sports association/State Journalist Association giving the past performances of the persons recommended in the National Contests generally and for the year of the award particularly.
iii. Sports Associations/State Journalist Association are free to recommend more than one name for a particular Award.
iv. The proposals for the awards can be sent directly to the Director, Sports & Youth Services, Orissa, Bhubaneswar.
v. Government in Sports & Youth Services Department reserves the right to send nominations in deserving cases.