Fourteen months and counting. The wait for pension for former cricketers who played for Delhi doesn't seem to be ending. In fact, two of the 64 players who had registered themselves under the scheme have passed away since the scheme was first announced by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) in February last year.
In January, at the DDCA annual general meeting, vice president Chetan Chauhan announced that the former players who retired before 2003 were entitled for the pension from DDCA and it was to be paid with immediate effect.
But four months later, the players are still waiting for the money.
“I have called the officials so many times but have no information when the process will start,” said Balwant Singh, who played nine matches for Delhi and is in his 70s now.
Former medium pacer Vijay Kumar Tiwari, who had played two matches for Delhi in 1961 said, “I was happy when such an effort was made by the DDCA, but since then I have only been waiting for the remuneration.”
Jyotish Chandra and Hargopal Singh have passed away since the pension was announced.
Under the scheme, those who had played four matches are to get a lumpsum of Rs 2 lakhs while those who had played for Delhi between four and 14 matches are to be paid Rs 7,000 per month.
Those who played 15 to 24 matches will be paid Rs 9,000 per month.
The DDCA joint secretary sports, Anil Jain, who himself is registered under the scheme said: “I have forwarded the file but have no idea why there is a delay.”
However, the DDCA general secretary Sneh Bansal assured that all the players will get the cheques next week.