Sports body call for relief in GST, introduce sports loan

All India Council of Sports, an advisory body to the Sports Authority of India has called upon the impacts of GST on Sports sector and demanded the matter to be taken up by the Union Finance Minister. The sports body also suggested to introduce sports loan in line with education loan to help meritorious sportspersons.

During 7th Meeting of All India Council of Sports held on 25th Oct 2017 in the Conference Hall of Sports Authority of India, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, President (Rank-Minister of Sports), AICS the impact of GST on sports sector was discussed in detail.

Members present requested Prof. Malhotra to take up the matter with the Union Finance Minister to reduce the GST’s varying rates on various sports equipment and to introduce uniform GST at 5% on all sports equipment and all sports related items.

Prof Malhotra mentioned that many talented sportspersons at State level struggle for imported foreign equipment to improve their performance and come up to national and international level. Sports disciplines like Shooting, Archery, Golf etc are dependent on imported equipment.

He also suggested that state level medal winners must be encouraged by providing them soft sports loan to help them to procure imported equipment to improve their performance.

AICS reiterated its demand for provision of sports infrastructure in the master plan for Smart Cities. It was decided to request the Urban Development Ministry to include the sports infrastructure viz. Multipurpose Stadium with Yoga & Meditation Hall, Athletic Track, Jogging Track, walk way for senior citizens.

AICS President asked the Members, especially Secretary (Sports), Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, who is also a Member of the Council to prepare detailed report justifying the demand to enhance the sports budget.

While discussing various issues regarding development of Sports in the Country, Prof. Malhotra also emphasised the need to launch One Million Sports Clubs under Pradhan Mantri Khel Vikas Yojana to create sports culture in the Country.