Sports takes Rs 230.78 cr minimize, SAI finances elevated

new Delhi, February 1

The allocation for sports in the Union Budget, presented in Parliament today, fell by 8.16 per cent as compared to last year’s figure, from Rs 2,826.92 to Rs 2,596.14 crore now.

However, last year’s budged had been revised to Rs 1,800.15 crore due

to the lack of sporting activity caused by the Covid pandemic.

The Sports Ministry bears the cost of all foreign training and competition, including participation in the Olympics.

“Initially, sports was allocated Rs 2,826.92 in last year’s budget which was later revised to Rs 1,800.15 after all sporting events across the world came to a halt because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” a Sports Ministry official said, suggesting why a comparison should not be made with last year’s revised budget.

“There was hardly any activity last year as most of the national camps were closed because of the lockdown,” he added.

More for SAI

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been allocated Rs 660.41 crore, an increase from the Rs 500 crore that was allocated in the last budget.

The Sports Ministry’s flagship Khelo India games, on the other hand, had its allocation slashed to Rs 657.71 crore from Rs 890.42 crore allocated in the 2020-21 budget.

Assistance to the National Sports Federations, however, has been increased by Rs 35 crore. This year’s budget for that is Rs 280 crore while last year’s figure was Rs 245 crore.

The budget allocated for renovation and maintenance of the 2010 Commonwealth Games stadia has been reduced by Rs 66 crore to Rs 30 crore for the next financial year.

As far as incentives for sportspersons are concerned, the budget has proposed to further slash the amount from Rs 70 crore to Rs 53 crore.

The budget for the National Sports Development Fund has also been halved to Rs 25 crore.

The National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons will continue to get the same amount of Rs 2 crore as earlier. There was also no change in the allocation for the enhancement of sports facilities in Jammu and Kashmir, and the figure stays at Rs 50 crore.

The Laxmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education will continue to get Rs 55 crore, while the contribution to the World Anti-Doping Agency has been increased from Rs 2 crore to Rs 2.5 crore. — TNS, agencies

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