Union Budget 2021-22: The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt on the nationwide sports activities funds because the central authorities on Monday allotted Rs 2596.14 crore for the monetary yr 2021-22 — a discount of Rs 230.78 crore when in comparison with the quantity earmarked initially for the earlier yr. ALSO READ | Budget 2021: Here’s What India Inc Thinks About FM Nirmala Sitharaman’s Digital Budget
In the final monetary yr, the federal government had allotted Rs 2826.92 crore for sports activities, which was later revised to Rs 1800.15 crore due to the shortage of exercise brought on by the pandemic.
This yr’s allotted quantity is Rs 795.99 crore greater than the revised funds of 2020-21.
However, the spending final yr was severely impacted after Tokyo Olympics was postponed, home occasions have been cancelled in virtually all sports activities and no overseas coaching and competitors was doable for many of the Indian athletes.
The sports activities ministry bears the price of all overseas coaching and competitors, together with participation within the Olympics.
“Initially, sports activities was allotted Rs 2826.92 in final yr’s funds which was later revised to Rs 1800.15 in spite of everything sporting occasions internationally got here to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” a sports activities ministry official instructed PTI, hinting why comparability shouldn’t be made with the revised funds of final yr.
“There was hardly any exercise final yr as many of the nationwide camps have been closed due to the lockdown.
“In phrases of infrastructure improvement and upgradation of stadiums too, there was hardly any progress due to the pandemic,” the official added, with out divulging additional particulars.
The authorities’s flagship Khelo India programme was handed the most important discount — of Rs 232.71 crore — amongst all sports activities heads for the 2021-22 funds, offered by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday.
The monetary allocation in the direction of Khelo India programme, which acquired Rs 890.42 crore within the final funds, was lowered to Rs 657.71 core.
The Sports Authority of India, whose allocation was lowered to Rs 500 crore within the final funds, acquired a considerable hike this time with the federal government proposing a rise of Rs 160.41 crore taking the whole to Rs 660.41 crore.
The SAI is the nodal organisation to handle nationals camps, present infrastructure, gear and different logistics to the nation’s sportspersons.
The allocation in the direction of National Sports Federations (NSFs), which obtained a chilly shoulder within the final funds, was additionally hiked by Rs 35 crore to Rs 280 crore.
As far as incentives for sportspersons are involved, the funds has proposed to additional slash the quantity from Rs 70 crore to Rs 53 crore.
The funds for National Sports Development Fund has additionally been halved to Rs 25 crore.
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The allocation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games-SAI stadia renovation was additionally slashed to Rs 30 crore from Rs 75 final yr.
National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons will proceed to get the identical quantity of Rs 2 crore as earlier, whereas, at Rs 50 crore, there was additionally no change within the allocation for the enhancement of sports activities amenities in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Laxmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education will proceed to get Rs 55 crore, whereas contribution to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been elevated to Rs 2.5 crore from Rs 2 crore.