Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Singh Thakur (File photo)

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Singh Thakur (File photo)

Budget allocation for Sports is a blueprint to fulfill aspirations of New India: Anurag Thakur

New Delhi, February 2, 2022

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has been allocated Rs 3,062.60 crore, a hike of 11.08 percent (Rs 305.58 crore) in the Union Budget for 2022-23 presented in Parliament yesterday, as compared to the budget estimates in 2021-2022.

The increase in budget comes with a major boost to the budget allocated to the Khelo India Scheme, which is a flagship scheme to develop sports at the grassroots level in the country. Khelo India has been allocated Rs 974 crore with a 48.09% increase.

The government has increased the budget from Rs 15 crore to Rs 50 crore for enhancement of sports facilities in Jammu & Kashmir. Rs 330.94 crore has been allocated for development of sports in North East states, which was Rs 276.19 crore last year.

Sports Authority of India, an autonomous organization under the Department of Sports responsible of training and facilitating sportspersons in the country, has been allocated Rs 653 crore.

A budgetary increase in the assistance to National Sports Federations from Rs 181 crore to Rs 280 crore will ensure increased cooperation between the Department of Sports and the sports federations to provide world class facilities to sportspersons. This will further assist the preparations of Indian athletes for the coming Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Speaking on the Budget, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur said, “The budget is a blueprint to fulfill the aspirations and hopes of NewIndia@100. Besides, 70% increase in budgetary allocation in respect of NADA (Rs 17 crore as compared to Rs 10 crore last year) will boost the anti-doping activities in the country and strengthen our commitment to maintain world class standards in sports in India."

Rashtriya Yuva Sashaktikaran Karyakram, an umbrella scheme under the Department of Youth Affairs for all round development of the youth of India, has received Rs 138 crore , an additional Rs 29 crore over this year's allocation.

National Service Scheme (NSS) has been granted Rs 283.50 crore as compared to Rs 231 crore in 2021-22. National Youth Corps, a flagship scheme that aims to include youth in nation-building activities, has been allocated Rs 75 crore this year, an added Rs 18 crore.

NNN

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