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Sports Budget seems the continuation, we seek implementation : Bhawana Ghimire

Bhawana Ghimire

Kathmandu – Nepal Government on saturday, May 28, announced Rs. 1.048 trillion budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017.

Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel has allocated Rs. 2.4 billion for Ministry of Youth and Sports in which Rs 2.2 billion would be recurrent expenditure and Rs 190 million as capital expenses.

This Fiscal year budget will help in the construction of cricket stadiums in Mulpani, Bhairahawa and Dhangadi (Fapla) which is set to be completed within three years.

“Cricket has been highlighted in the forefront in the budget which is good”, Bhawana Ghimire, CEO of Cricket Association of Nepal told Cricnepal.

“It seems the continuation and we seek seriousness in implementation, if specific budget has been committed it would have been far better”, Ghimire added.

Last year, Rs 50 million was allocated for the construction of Mulpani and Bhairahawa cricket grounds. But, this year it was unclear on what budget they wants to allocate for these grounds.

Likewise, there was no such announcement regarding the insurance cover and health services for cricket players.

“At players end, I was expecting insurance cover and health services but nothing was announced”, she further added.

Furthermore, It has also not mentioned about sports development via reforms in overall Sports Act, participation Acts and development progress.