Indian squash players are not getting the daily allowances sanctioned by the sports ministry in January 2008 as part of their training for the Commonwealth Games, the players say. The core probables of Indian squash team (both men and women), according to norms laid down by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), are entitled to Rs.950 as daily allowance for diet, overheads and food supplements.
The players say they were unaware of the daily allowances they were to get during training. The Squash Racket Federation of India (SRFI) received Rs 3.16 crore as grant from the ministry of youth affairs and sports at the start of 2009 for the training of players. In addition to that, SAI has also earmarked Rs. 9.27 crore for the overall preparation of the squad for the mega event.
The players say they were never informed by the SRFI about their daily allowances and now that they know, they cannot ask for the money as the Federation is slated to pick the final squad for the Games.
“The players from other sports are getting their daily allowance but we are not being paid. The federation never informs us on these matters. It is demotivating that we are getting treated this way,” was the general refrain of the players.