He said the budget increase coincides with a major increase in the budget allocated to the Sports Authority of India, the nodal agency responsible for providing financial assistance to athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics. Formed in July 2021. A budgetary increase in the National Sports Federation will also help Indian athletes further support Olympic preparation.
In his response to the budget, Minister Rijiju said that this is the Olympic year and the government is paying attention to its preparation. A major increase in the Sai and NSF budgets will ensure that there is no shortage of funds. The preparation for the Olympics is in full swing and we are preparing as best we can. The preparation, equipment, training, health and other aspects of athletes are being actively pursued.
He said that Rs 660.41 crore has been allocated to SAI, an increase of 32.08 percent in the allocated budget compared to the budget estimate of 2020-21. Similarly, with an increase of 14.28 percent over the budget estimate of 2020-21, the NSF has got an allocation of Rs 280 crore.
Major sports programs of the Government of India have also seen an increase. Last year, Khelo India’s budget could not be used for infrastructure development or training camp due to Corona virus epidemic. Now preparations are being done in every way better and in full swing.