New Delhi, Feb 1 : The government on Saturday allocated Rs 2826.92 to sports budget for the 2020-21, a mere increase of Rs 50 cr from the previous year 2019-20. However, the flagship Khelo India programme received a considerable hike of Rs 291.42 cr for development of sports at the grassroot and youth level, while this year being the Olympic year and Tokyo the venue for 2020 Olympics the budget for sports in Olympic this year is not quite impressive.
Finance Minister Nirmala who presented the budget reduced highest fund reduction for National Sports Federations with Rs 245.00, Rs 55 crore less than the revised Rs 300.85 for 2019-20. The budget for National Sports Development Fund was also slashed to Rs 50.00 cr from the earlier Rs 77.15 crore. While sportspersons also received a cut in their budget from Rs 111 crore to Rs 70 crore. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) budget allocation was downsized from the revised Rs 615 crore to Rs 500 crore.
The allocation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games-SAI stadia renovation was also slashed to Rs 75 crore from Rs 96 crore last year. National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons will continue to receive the same amount of Rs 2 crore as earlier, while, at Rs 50 crore, there was also no change in the allocation for the enhancement of sports facilities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Laxmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education will, however, get Rs 55 crore, Rs 5 crore more than the last budget. For 2019-20 Rs 2216.92 was allocated for sports but it was later revised to 2776.92. (UNI)