Maken sanctions ex-gratia assistance to an archer

New Delhi: Indian Sports Minister Ajay Maken has sanctioned ex-gratia assistance of Rs 5 lakh to an archery player, Rani Dutta from National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.

Rani Dutta, who has played in various national and international archery competitions, has been living in indigent condition.

The Ministry came to know through a news item that the archer was forced to sell her bow to repair her mud house. Taking cognizance of her poor financial position, Maken sanctioned the ex-gratia to the archer.

Under the Scheme of National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports provides lump sum financial assistance to outstanding sportspersons of the past, who are facing financial distress.