Arun Jaitley’s Budget:Sports Gets Marginal Raise

The allocation for the Sports Ministry got a marginal hike of Rs. 50.87 crore from last year in the union budget for 2016-17 was presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament.  Jaitley allocated Rs. 1400 crore as plan outlay to sports, while Rs 192 crore was set aside for non-plan, taking the total to Rs. 1592 crore. Last year the total allocation was Rs. 1541.13 crore.

The plan outlay has been increased to approximately Rs. 10.82 crore as compared to the previous year, while the non-plan outlay has been hiked by Rs. 40.15 crore. The allocation for the scheme for the Benefit of North Eastern Area, has been revised to Rs. 144.98 crore this year as compared to Rs. 150.23 crore last year.

The Sports Authority, entrusted with the task of organising national camps, has been granted a total of Rs. 381.30 crore this year, which is a hike of Rs. 11.91 crore.

However, assistance to sports institutions has been kept at Rs. 545.90 crore. Under youth affairs, the National Service Scheme has been allocated Rs. 215.70 crore.

Rs. 12 crore has been allocated for anti-doping activities, which is the same as last year.

Source : PTI

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