Shimla (Mar 3): In a statement issued here, HPCA president and Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur criticized the Union Budget for reducing the outlay for sports from a meager 331 crore to a paltry 112 crore.
He said that for a country of 1.3 billion people, this reduction in budget is totally unjustified when India is dreaming of making a major mark in global sports vis a vis China and other developing countries. He criticized the UPA government for failing to have any concrete vision and plan for sports and youth of the country. “At a time when all nations are increasing their outlays on sports and creating world-class infrastructure for sports, this move is uncalled for and lacks vision. India is a young country and sports and sporting culture should be promoted for the overall well being of the society,” he said.