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Punjab to offer pension for veteran players

The 5-yr-old issue was resolved on Thursday with the government announcing annuity for the prominent players of the state.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2006 21:43 IST

The issue of pension to veteran sportspersons in Punjab, hanging fire for years, was resolved on Thursday with the government announcing Rs 5000 per month for Olympic medal winners, Rs 3500 for Olympians and Rs 2,000 for other prominent players of the state.

The Punjab State Sports Council also decided today to give incentives to encourage sportspersons, sports associations and sports organisers for promotion of sports activities in the state.

Lump sum annual grant-in-aid of Rs 1.5 lakh will be given to state associations, affiliated to the Punjab Olympic Association, it was decided at the Council meeting convened on Thursday after a gap of eight years under the chairmanship of the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

The financial aid was being extended to state associations for preparing and sending teams for the nationals and other events and also organise their state competitons, according to Sports Director Pargat Singh.

The Sports Department will also depute its coaches for training programme of the sports associations, he said.

"The lump sum grant-in-aid should streamline the functioning of the sports associations which were not getting any financial assistance for the last many years," said Olympian Pargat Singh.

The financial powers of the Chief Minister, the Sports Minister, the Secretary and the Sports Director have been increased manifold. The financial power of the Chief Minister has been increased to Rs 15 lakh from Rs five lakh and for the Sports Minister from Rs four lakh to Rs ten lakh.

The Secretary's financial power has been hiked to Rs 7.5 lakh from Rs three lakh and for the Director of Sports Rs five lakh from Rs two lakh.

Mr Pargat Singh said, "To encourage sports promotion at village level, grant to village clubs has been increased to Rs 25,000 from Rs 5,000. For purchase of equipment for clubs it has gone up to Rs 25,000 from Rs 5,000."

The work on modern sports complex in Mohali will soon start and budget for the mega project has been increased to Rs 100 crore from Rs 15 crore.

The complex in front of the PCA Stadium will have an eight-lane synthetic track-cum-football ground, two multipurpose gymnasium hall, a hockey ground, state-or-art swimming pool, sports hostel for 200 persons, a library and a museum.