As per the new budget, the Sports Ministry saw a hike of Rs 258.2 Crores, as stated by Jaitley at the parliament in New Delhi. In an unexpected move, the Central Government decreased the amount for Nirbhya Fund from Rs 28.90 crore to Rs 19.75 crore. 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.
Last year, Rs. 28.90 crore was set aside for enhancing measures for ensuring women's security in the Capital, but this time only Rs. 19.75 crore has been allotted. DCW chief noted that the amount which was allocated past year for Nirbhya Fund was not completely utilised and many activities remained pending.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is the biggest loser in the budget as its budget has been reduced by 13.34 percent.
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Of the total amount allotted in the 2018-19 Budget, Rs 460.95 crore has been granted for police infrastructure that comprises office and residential building projects. Objectives of the SAI include "spotting and nurturing talented children in different age groups for achieving excellence by providing them with requisite infrastructure and equipment support, coaching and other facilities".
Rs 23 crore was allocated towards incentives for sportspersons, which includes scholarships at national, state level and university/college level.
The finance minister has also announced a 40 crore hike for the various National Sports Federations (NSF). The Arjuna and Dhyanchand Awards also are covered under this.
The budgetary assistance for the enhancement of sports facility in Jammu and Kashmir has been reduced to Rs 50 crore from previous financial year's Rs 75 crore. As much as Rs 45 crore was reserved for the Laxmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education in Gwalior.