India’s sports budget reduced by Rs 231 crore

New Delhi: The Central government in the Union budget for 2021-22 has allocated Rs. 2,596.14 crore to sports, less by Rs.230.78 crore — or, 8.16 per cent — allocated in the previous financial year during which hardly any sports activity was held due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Out of the total allocated amount, Rs.2,549.41 crore has been earmarked as revenue budget that sports departments use for basic expenses, such as salaries of employees, while Rs.46.73 crore has been set aside for capital expenses that includes construction of facilities/new stadia etc.

The allocation for basic expenses is Rs.226.49 crore less than last fiscal’s. From Rs.2,775.90 crore in the last fiscal, the amount for capital expenses is Rs.4.29 crore down from Rs.51.02 crore.

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