NEW DELHI: Some of India’s maximum completed boxers, which include the sport’s national observer Akhil Kumar and the former Asian champion M Suranjoy Singh, are still to get their pensions due considering that 2017 however, the sports ministry says their wait will cease this month because the considered necessary finances were procured. Akhil, a 2006 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, and Suranjoy, winner of a magnificent 8 consecutive international gold medals earlier than knee harm, snapped his career brief. So are a few of the boxers expecting their pensions to be launched?
“I carried out in 2017, have despatched reminders as well, however, whenever the reaction has been ‘it’s in technique.’ I do not know what the hassle is,” Suranjoy, who is entitled to Rs 14,000 according to month for his gold medals within the 2010 CWG and the 2009 Asian Championships, told PTI. On the circumstance of anonymity, a ministry reputable recounted the inexplicable put-off but said the manner of getting the budget is now complete, and the cash might be released this month. “The Ministry needed to provide a corpus of Rs five crore to LIC, which changed into to release the pension to those boxers. The price range was awaited from the finance ministry, and the complete system becomes the finished handiest ultimate month. But March being the end of the monetary yr, we were recommended by way of the finance ministry to launch the money only this month,” the legit said. Too other than these two, who are entitled to a pension. All of them gets their dues this month,” he brought.
When contacted, Akhil, also a World Cup bronze-medallist, refused to touch upon the problem. Among other boxers to have carried out for the pension are Jitender Kumar, a 2006 CWG bronze-medallist, and 2002 global championships bronze-medallist woman pugilist Jyotsana. “There are others as properly. Hopefully, they will get their dues. Whenever we’ve approached the ministry with a question on this, we were instructed that those entitled will be duly paid their arrears too, so there is not anything to fear,” a Boxing Federation of India reliable stated.
According to the government pension scheme for meritorious sportspersons, the medallists at the Olympics and Paralympics are entitled to Rs 20,000 in line with the month. Gold-winners at the World Cup or World Championships, held every 4 years, are paid Rs 16,000 simultaneously as gold medals received within the Commonwealth, and Asian Games make an athlete eligible for Rs 14,000 consistent with the month. To apply for the pension, athletes need to be above 30 years of age and retired from lively participation. The pension bills are made through the Life Insurance Corporation of India. The Ministry purchases annuities for personal pensioners using making a one-time lump-sum fee to LIC.