Budget ignores sports sector

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Feb 2019 13:41:09


By Partha Sarathi Behera,


All other sectors, except agriculture, were overlooked in the State budget tabled by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in the Chhattisgarh Assembly on Friday. While the much awaited budget had no major provisions for generating employment for youths, school education and higher education, Chief Minister Baghel, who also holds the Finance portfolio, did not even utter a single word about the development of sports in State at a time when the State was preparing itself for hosting the 37th National Games. 

Sports sector of State went unnoticed as the Chief Minister read out the budget in the Assembly. It is worthwhile to mention, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government at centre has been focusing  on sports since it came to power and increasing sports budget every year.

Sports fraternity of the state was disappointed with the budget in the absence of any provisions for the development of sports in the state. Office bearers of some of the sports bodies in the state, who did not want to be named, said that they were hoping for a healthy share for sports in the budget, especially when the state is planning to host the National Games. Similarly, the budget has given less importance to school education and higher education sectors of the State, in comparison to the previous budgets.

The Chief Minister announced in the budget that 25 high schools will be upgraded to higher secondary schools and 25 middle schools to high schools. Provision of Rs 34.50 crore has been made for the construction of 40 primary schools, 25 middle schools and 100 high schools and 50 higher secondary school buildings.

Provision of an additional amount of Rs 50 crore for early completion of incomplete and under-construction ashram and hostel buildings for Scheduled Tribe students has been made in the budget. But there was no provision for any new schools or colleges.

Setting up of Women’s College in Balod district, provision of 10 crore for Post-graduate courses in 25 subjects and 25 post-graduate courses in colleges and recruitment of 1,384 assistant professors for vacant posts of 27 subjects in colleges can be considered a welcome move.  Similarly, new ITIs will be opened in Block Batoli, District Sarguja, Block Duladula and Manora in District Jashpur and introduction of new trades in 33 old ITIs.