Sports budget hiked by Rs 305.58 crore with highlight on Khelo India and National Youth Schemes

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On Tuesday, the Indian government decided to allocate a sports budget of Rs 3062.60 crore for the financial year 2022-23. An increase of Rs 305.8 crore from last year has been noted in the budget. Indian athletes were quite impressive and tasted success in the Tokyo Olympics. India won 7 medals, including a historic track and field gold from Neeraj Chopra, at the Tokyo Olympics. In the last financial year, the government had allocated Rs 2596.14 crore for sports, which was later revised to Rs 2757.02 crore.

Khelo India programme saw an increase; SAI receives budget cut

The sporting activities have also resumed in a phased manner in the country and the 2022 is very crucial for the Indian contingency due to the two global events – the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Hangzhou Asian Games which are lined up.

Keeping note of these huge events, the government decided to disburse more on sporting activities. The government’s flagship Khelo India programme witnessed an increase of Rs 316.29 crore in the 2021-22 budget, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday.

The financial allocation towards the Khelo India program, which got Rs 657.71 crore in the last budget, was increased to Rs 974 crore. The total incentive and awards to sportspersons have seen a significant boost from Rs 245 crore to Rs 357 crore.

The The Sports Authority of India(SAI) is the organisation that manages national camps, provides infrastructure, equipment, and other logistics to the country’s sportspersons. However, interestingly the budget of SAI has been cut down by Rs 7.41 crore to Rs 653 crore.

The allocation towards National Sports Development Fund has been reduced by Rs 9 crore to Rs 16 crore as well. While, The National service scheme has witnessed a massive leap of Rs 118.50 crore from Rs 165 crore to Rs 283.50 core. The allocation towards National Sports Federations (NSFs) remains unchanged at Rs 280 crore.

As far as incentives for sportspersons are concerned, the budget has proposed a minimal hike to Rs 55 crore. It has been also noted that the budget for National Sports Development Fund has been further reduced to Rs Rs 16 crore from Rs 25 crore.

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