Not happy with officials enjoying the comforts of the Paralympics Games Village in London, which allegedly led to the neglect of parathletes, sports minister Ajay Maken shot off a letter to the Indian High Commissioner on Monday, requesting it to get in touch with the athletes and address their grievances.
Controversy broke out on Sunday after a wheelchair-borne powerlifter alleged that officials of the Paralympic Council of India were staying in the Games Village by using the accreditation of coaches and escorts, which has resulted in fewer escorts to look after the athletes.
"I would like to bring to your notice a letter sent by Naresh Kumar Sharma, one of the rifle shooters participating in the Games that even as most of the qualified coaches and support staff attached with the contingent are not available at the Games Village, officials of the Paralympic Committee of India are staying inside the Village on accreditation cards issued for coaches and support staff," Maken wrote in the letter.
".... The Dearness Allowance sanctioned by the ministry --- 50 dollars for those staying inside the Olympics Village and 175 dollars for those staying outside, has not been paid to the coaches and athletes.
"May I request that the High Commission immediately get in touch with athletes and provide all possible help. I also spoke to Brig Sandeepan Handa yesterday with a similar request. It is suggested that the High Commission may also get in touch with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, if required," wrote Maken.