The Government of India, in its interim budget, before the Lok Sabha polls in mid-2019, has increased the sports budget by Rs 214.20 crore for the financial year 2019-2020. The overall sports budget was increased from Rs 2002.72 in 2018-2019 crore to Rs 2216.92 crore.
In the interim budget presented by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, the allocation to SAI has been increased from Rs 395 crore to Rs 450 crore, a rise of Rs 55 crore. The National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) is the other significant gainer, whose allocation has increased from Rs 2 crore to Rs 70 crore.
The Finance Minister also proposed an increase in the incentive fund for the sportspersons, from Rs 63 crore to Rs 89 crore. The overall encouragement and awards to sportspersons have been increased from the previous allocation of Rs 316.93 crore to Rs 411 crore.
The Khelo India National Programme for Development of Sports too got a hike of Rs 50.31 crore. The previous allocation was Rs 550.69 crore while for the financial year 2019-2020 it will be Rs 601 crore.
Only the assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs) has been slashed slightly from Rs 245.13 crore to Rs 245 crore.
In response to the Interm Budget, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore twitted, “Thankful to Arunjaitley ji & PiyushGoyal ji for increasing the allocation to IndiaSports by 214 Cr, including 55 Cr for Media_SAI & 50 Cr for kheloindia. This will give a great impetus to our aim of creating of a robust sports culture in India.”
PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata.
After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata.
In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer.
Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream.
So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.