In a bid to give a boost to the sports sector in the state, the government of Odisha has increased its sports budget to Rs 911 crore in the annual budget of 2022-23.
The announcement was made on the first day of the National Assembly’s budget session on Saturday.
The state budget for the sports sector in the financial year 2021-22 was Rs 405 crore.
Under this sports budget of Rs 911 crore, an amount of Rs 719 crore is earmarked for the development of sports and youth services and other sports infrastructure in the state.
The state government has also provided an amount of Rs 115 crore for the promotion of sports education and Rs 11 crore for state support to Khelo India. About Rs 59 crore was allocated for administrative expenses.
According to an official statement, sport has been one of the priority sectors of the Odisha government over the past decade. The state government invested significantly in sports between 2010-11 and 2021-22, starting with the sports budget from Rs 28 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 301 crore in 2020-21 and Rs 405 crore in 2021-22 with a significant part dedicated to the development of infrastructures and the hosting of major events.
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