Budget 2018: Sports budget hiked to Rs 2,196 crore; SAI's funding slashed by Rs 66 crore

Updated: Feb 02, 2018, 10:38 IST | IANS

The budget allocation of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been reduced by more than Rs 66 crore, as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday allocated Rs 2,196.35 crore to the ministry of youth affairs and sports for 2018-19 fiscal

Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley

The budget allocation of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been reduced by more than Rs 66 crore, as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday allocated Rs 2,196.35 crore to the ministry of youth affairs and sports for 2018-19 fiscal. While the ministry got an increase of Rs 351 crore from the last financial year, SAI, the nodal agency for sports in the country, got Rs 429.56 crore.

It had got Rs 495.73 crore in the revised estimates for the 2017-18 fiscal. India will take part in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in 2018 and that has played a part in the sports budget hike. The ministry's flagship programme, Khelo India scheme is a major beneficiary, getting Rs 520.09 crore as against last fiscal year's Rs 350 crore. The 2016-17 fiscal's Khelo India budget was Rs 140 crore.

Meanwhile, the allocation for sports in Jammu and Kashmir has been reduced by Rs 25 crore. The budget allocation stands at Rs 50 crore.

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