- Compared to last years budget of Rs.1943 Crore, this year Rs 2196.35 crore has been allotted to the Sports and Youth ministry. The Hike of Rs. 253 Crore was made keeping in mind that India will be taking part in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in 2018.
- Schemes for the development of sports in the North East received a major boost with allocation of Rs.173 Crore as compared to Rs.148 crore last year.
- Rs.50 Crore has been allotted for enhancement of sports facilities in Jammu and Kashmir which is Rs.25 Crore less than last year.
- The biggest gainer for the Sports budget 2018 is Government of India's pet project Khelo India which will be receiving a whooping 520 Crore rupees compared to last year's 350 crore rupees. The objective of the Khelo India project is to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level by building a strong framework for all sports played in our country and establish India as a great sporting nation.
- National Sports Federation like that of AIFF (Football), Hockey India, AITA (Tennis),etc will be receiving 342 Crore rupees to function efficiently.
- The Sports Authority of India (SAI), however, was the biggest loser, with its funding reduced by Rs 66 crore to Rs. 429.56 crore for the fiscal year 2018-2019.
- Rupees 23 crore has been allocated towards incentives for sportspersons, that includes scholarships at national, state and university/college level.
- However, like last year no funds were allocated to promote sports among the differently-abled persons.
The scheme of Human Resource Development in Sports saw a cut by 50 percent from Rs 10 crore to Rs 5 crore.
After the budget's release, this is how Twitter reacted :
1. A comparison between this years budget and last years.
How Sports Budget 2018 is different from last year ? pic.twitter.com/7f9QykVxO4— Indian Football-WC (@IFTWC) February 2, 2018
2. President of Delhi Football, Mr. Shaji was left disappointed after the 2018 budget announcement, considering both Commonwealth Games and Asian Games are scheduled this year.
Sports Budget Rs 2196.35 crore, a marginal increase of Rs 258.19 in an Asian Games year. I was expecting at least double of the previous year. #Budget2018— Shaji Prabhakaran (@Shaji4Football) February 1, 2018
3. Aspire Academy is one of the finest academy in Asia.
Had the opportunity to visit @Aspire_Academy n @Aspetar in Doha. The facility would definitely cost a minimum three times the sports budget of India. The indoor sports facility is by far the largest n biggest in the world. pic.twitter.com/0Q0a2Sq9Rh— Shaji Prabhakaran (@Shaji4Football) February 2, 2018
4. Javier Ceppi was the CEO of LOC of the 2017 U17 World Cup.
Perspective: Chile's central budget for Sports on 2018 (USD202MM approx) is around 60% of India's central budget for sports in 2018 (USD343MM approx). All of Chile's 17.5 million population fits in Delhi...— Javier Ceppi (@JavierCeppi) February 2, 2018
5. A complete summary of the Sports Budget 2018.
What the 2018 budget means for Indian sport. pic.twitter.com/r9Jc9I1x7x— The Field (@thefield_in) February 2, 2018