The government decreased the allocation to Sports Authority of India (SAI) from the revised Rs 615 crore to Rs 500 crore (Photo Credit: IANS)
The 2020 Union Budget, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, allocated Rs 2826.92 crore as sports budget for the next financial year, which is up by a mere Rs 50 crore from the revised estimates of 2019-20. The government gave a substantial hike of Rs 291.42 crore to its flagship Khelo India programme for development of sports at the grassroot and youth level. But, as far as incentives for sportspersons in the Olympic year are concerned, it has proposed to slash the amount from the Rs 111 crore to Rs 70 crore.
The government also decreased the allocation to Sports Authority of India (SAI) from the revised Rs 615 crore to Rs 500 crore. The SAI is the nodal organisation to manage nationals camps, provide infrastructure, equipment and other logistics to the country's sportspersons. On Republic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced big incentives for Khelo India. "We all know that National Games is an arena, where players get a chance to display their passion besides becoming acquainted with culture of other states.Therefore, we have decided to organize 'Khelo India University Games' every year on the pattern of 'Khelo India Youth Games"
The Union Budget saw incentives for sportspersons in the Olympic year slashed from the Rs 111 crore to Rs 70 crore. (Image credit: IANS)
In the program, he mentioned the names of some players who had done well in the Khelo India games. "Somewhat similar is the story of Yogananthan of Tamil Nadu which fills you with great pride! Yogananthan makes beedis in Tamil Nadu, but his daughter Purnashree won everyone's heart by bagging the Gold Medal in Weight Lifting. If I now take the name of David Beckham, you will think whether I’m referring to the legendary International Footballer. But now we also have a David Beckham amidst us and he has won a gold medal at the Youth Games in Guwahati. That too in the 200-meter Sprint event in Cycling," Prime Minister Modi said.
A Mixed Budget?
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced that people earning between Rs 5-7.5 lakhs will be required to pay tax at 10 per cent against the current 20 per cent. "We propose to bring a personal income tax regime, where income tax rates will be reduced, so now, the people earning between Rs 5-7.5 lakhs will be required to pay tax at 10 per cent against current 20 per cent," announced Sitharaman while presenting the Union Budget 2020.
Those with income between Rs 7.5-10 lakhs to pay tax at 15 per cent against current 20 per cent. Those with income between Rs 10-12.5 lakhs to pay tax at 20 per cent against 30 per cent. "In this new personal income tax regime, income tax rates will be significantly reduced for the individuals who forgo certain exemptions and deductions," she said. Finance Minister said that a people earning Rs 15 lakh per annum and not availing any deductions will now pay Rs 1.95 lakh tax in place of Rs 2.73 lakh.
Sitharaman said that around 70 of more than 100 income tax deductions and exemptions have been removed in a bid to simplify tax system and lower tax rates. Tax on Cooperative societies proposed to be reduced to 22 per cent plus surcharge and cess, as against 30 per cent at present, she said.