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Ministry steps in to help stricken Ajit

other Updated: Sep 04, 2009 00:12 IST
HT Correspondent

Following a report published in the

Hindustan Times

highlighting the plight of pole-vaulter Ajit Singh, paralysed chest down, the Sports Ministry has come forward to assist the Bhiwani-based youngster, who has been confined to the wheelchair for the last five years.

"The minister has taken note of the news appearing on the sports pages of the Hindustan Times on Thursday and has asked the Sports Authority of India director-general to get in touch with the pole-vaulter," said the ministry's director (media and communications) Rajesh Malhotra.

"SAI officials in Bhiwani have been asked to visit Ajit's residence and check all the necessary documents so that the ministry can sanction a grant or start pension for the athlete. We are committed to helping such sportspersons," said Malhotra.

Ajit, an under-18 inter-zonal national champion and bronze-medallist in the 2005 School National Games, suffered a fall while attempting 4.20 metres.

Though he survived, he damaged the spine and could not walk again. Since then, the 22-year-old has developed complications resulting in one of his kidneys failing.

The ministry had recently started a national welfare fund for sportspersons living in pitiable conditions by providing them with financial assistance.