IOA president PT Usha hailed the Sports Budget 2023, saying it will boost preparations in the lead up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Sports Ministry got a major boost with the government allocating Rs 3,397.32 crore.
New Delhi ,UPDATED: Feb 2, 2023 11:37 IST
PT Usha hails the Sports Budget 2023. (Photo: PTI)
By India Today Web Desk: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president PT Usha hailed the Sports Budget 2023, saying it will boost preparations in lead up to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Sports Ministry got a major boost with the government allocating Rs 3,397.32 crore, an increase of Rs 723.97 crore, in the Union Budget on February 1. The year 2023 will be crucial for Indian athletes as they will compete in the Asian Games and prepare for the 2024 Paris Games.
“Extending my heartiest congratulations & thanks to @nsitharaman ji for enhancing budget provisions for sports in our country. The amount allocated is sure to boost our preparations for the Asian Games, & our lead up to the Olympic & Paralympic Games next year! Gratitude,” PT Usha tweeted.
The amount allocated is more than the revised 2022-23 budget, when the Sports Ministry received Rs 2,673.35 crore, as against the actual allocation of Rs 3,062.60 crore, according to PTI. One of the reasons for the reduction could be the postponement of the Asian Games, which will take place this year.
The Sports Ministry’s ‘Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports’ remains the government’s priority as it has been allotted Rs 1,045 crore as against the revised allocation of Rs 606 crore during the last financial year.
Meanwhile, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has seen a Rs 36.09 crore increase as compared to its previous year’s revised expenditure of Rs 749.43 crore. Its allocation for 2023-24 stands at Rs 785.52 crore. The National Sports Federations (NSFs) have received an increased allocation of Rs 45 crore from the previous year’s revised budget of Rs 280 crore and will now get Rs 325 crore.
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) will now get funding directly, unlike earlier when they received it from SAI. A provision has been added in the latest budget to provide NADA a funding of Rs 21.73 crore, while NDTL, which conducts the tests, will receive Rs 19.50 crore.
The Sports Budget 2023 has also made a provision of Rs 13 crore for the National Centre of Sports Science and Research.