new Delhi: In the year 2020, Corona was wreaked havoc all over the world, which has not yet ended. Due to the epidemic, the sports budget has been affected due to the halt of sports activities for almost a year. In the general budget presented in Parliament on Monday, the central government allocated a budget of Rs 2,596.14 crore for sports for the next financial year 2021-22, which is 8.16 percent or Rs 230.78 crore less than the budget allocated in the last financial year.
Sports budget cut
In the budget of 2021-22, Sports Ministry has allocated Rs 2596.14 crore, which is Rs 230.78 crore less than the original allocation of the previous year.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the budget for the year 2021-22 in Parliament on Monday.
However, it is Rs 795.99 crore more than the revised allocation of the last financial year. The original allocation for the year 2020-21 was Rs 2826.92 crore, which was later reduced to 1800.15 crore.
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Apart from the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics due to the Corona epidemic, there were no domestic tournaments and practice or competition abroad was not possible. The Ministry of Sports bears the expenses of competition and practice abroad for preparing for the Olympics.
An official of the ministry said, ‘Initially, in the last year’s budget, Rs 2826.92 crore was given to sports which was later reduced to 1800.15 crore as the games were not happening due to Corona epidemic. No work could be done to improve the infrastructure as well.
Big loss for players
890.42 crore was allocated for Khelo India in the budget of 2020-21. In the revised estimate it has been reduced to 328.77. In the year 2021-22, the outlay for this item has been increased to Rs 657.71 crore.
At the same time, the allocation for the National Sports Federations was 245 crores in the last budget. It has been increased to Rs 132 crore in the revised allocation budget estimate. For the next financial year, it has been 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 Sports Authority of India (SAI) has also been increased. Sai has been allocated Rs 660.41 crore while in the budget estimate for 2020-21, the allocation was Rs 500 crore which is Rs 612.21 crore in the revised estimate.
The incentive budget for the players was reduced from Rs 70 crore to Rs 53 crore. At the same time, the budget for the repair of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Sai (SAI) stadiums was reduced from Rs 75 crore to Rs 30 crore.