The dispute between the two factions, Lalit Modi and Amin Pathan, of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) is now proving costlier for the employees who have been working in the association.
They have not received their salaries for about two and half months. The RCA employs as many as 50 salaried employees.
The Rajasthan high court on March 13 ordered that the RCA office be sealed from March 13. The sports secretary and Rajasthan State Sports Council ( RSSC) chair man JC Mohanti was authorized to look after RCA affairs following the lockdown.
“Yes, the officials of the RCA are fighting for money. They do not care that cricket and cricketers will suffer in their quarrel,” said an employee of the RCA on the condition of anonymity.
Following the lockdown, Rajasthan cricket has suffered a lot. For the first time, not a single IPL match was played here and the Ranji trophy team too had to suffer neglect as no camps were organized.
The basic salaries of RCA employees range between Rs 9,500 and Rs 50,000. The hardest hit are those falling on the lower end of that range – the grounds staff and peons – who are now struggling to make ends meet.
Class four employee Manish Sharma, who recently lost his father soon after his sister’s marriage, is in dire need of financial support but no RCA officials have come to his rescue.
“We are trying to manage the salaries for the employees but at present we are helpless,” said Somendra Tiwari, secretary, RCA.
Despite the RCA office now being shut for 83 days, its employees have to go every day to sign their presence in the register at the sports council.