New Delhi: In 2020, Corona has wreaked havoc around the world, which is not over yet. Due to the epidemic, the sports budget has been affected due to the cessation of sports activities for almost a year. In the general budget presented to Parliament on Monday, the Union government allocated a budget of Rs 2,596.14 crore for the Games for the next fiscal year 2021-22, or 8.16% or Rs 230.78 crore less than the budget allocated during the last fiscal year. .
Lower sports budget
In the 2021-2022 budget, the Ministry of Sports allocated Rs 2,596.14 crore, or Rs 230.78 crore less than the initial allocation of the previous year.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the budget for the year 2021-2022 to Parliament on Monday.
However, this is Rs 795.99 crore more than the revised allocation from last fiscal year. The original allowance for the year 2020-21 was Rs 2,826.92 crore, which was later reduced to 1,800.15 crore.
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Apart from the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics due to the Corona epidemic, domestic tournaments could not take place and training or competition abroad was not possible. The Ministry of Sports covers the costs of competition and training abroad for the preparation of the Olympic Games.
A ministry official said: “ Initially in last year’s budget Rs 2,826.92 crore was given to sports, which was later reduced to 1,800.15 crore as sports were not performing in due to the Corona outbreak. No work could be done to improve the infrastructure as well.
Big loss for the players
890.42 crore has been allocated to Khelo India in the 2020-2021 budget. In the revised estimate, it was reduced to 328.77. During the year 2021-2022, the expenditure for this item has been increased to Rs 657.71 crore.
At the same time, the allocation for national sports federations was 245 crore in the last budget. It has been increased to Rs 132 crore in the revised estimate of the allocation budget. For the next fiscal year, it was increased to Rs 280 crore. Rs 25 crore has been provided for the National Sports Development Fund, while the revised allocation for the year 2020-21 is Rs 7.23 crore.
The allocation to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has also been increased. Sai received a crore of Rs 660.41 while in the budget estimate for 2020-2021 the allocation was Rs 500 crore, or Rs 612.21 crore in the revised estimate.
The incentive budget for players has been reduced from Rs 70 crore to Rs 53 crore. At the same time, the budget for the repair of the 2010 Commonwealth Sai Games (SAI) stadiums has been reduced from Rs 75 crore to Rs 30 crore.