Development of Indian Sports Gets Major Push in Union Budget
Union budget was announced yesterday and sports ministry got a major boost, the overall budget for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports stands at Rs. 1769 crore, a significant hike of Rs 561 crore from last year.
One of biggest beneficiary was the state of Jammu and Kashmir, where the government will be investing Rs.200 crore to upgrade indoor and outdoor stadiums to international standards. Along with Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur was also a major beneficiary, a sports university will also be set up in Manipur, for which Jaitley has earmarked a sum of Rs 100 crore.
“Jammu and Kashmir has a lot of sporting talent which is not finding expression due to inadequate sports facilities. I propose to provide a sum of Rs.200 crore for upgrading the indoor and outdoor sports stadiums to international standards in Jammu and in Kashmir Valley,” Jaitley said while presenting the national budget in the Lok Sabha.
He also set aside a sum of Rs. 100 crore for the training of sports women and men for the upcoming Asian and Commonwealth Games.
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To encourage sports in India, the government will set up a National Sports Academy, Jaitley said in his maiden budget speech. The government will also set-up a Centre for Disability Sports.
“Sports are an integral part of growing up and personality development. Unfortunately, in our country, sports have not been main-streamed to date. The government will set up national level sports academies for major games in different parts of the country to mainstream sports,” he said.