Sports Ministry sanctions ₹5 lakh for former archer Ashok Soren

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has sanctioned financial assistance of ₹5 lakh to former archer Ashok Soren after it came to light that he had been working as a daily wage labourer to sustain himself.

The Ministry, headed by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, had, earlier, approved a similar assistance for Arjuna awardee archer Limba Ram, who is suffering from a neurogenerative disease. (File Photo)   -  Kamal Narang

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has sanctioned financial assistance of ₹5 lakh to former archer Ashok Soren after it came to light that he had been working as a daily wage labourer to sustain himself.

“The financial assistance has been given from Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons (PDUNWFS). Shri Soren is currently living in Jamshedpur in indigent conditions,” said the Sports Ministry in a release.

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It was reported that Soren was working as a labourer under the government’s rural employment guarantee scheme. The 28-year-old Jamshedpur-based former archer had won two gold medals at the 2008 South Asian Games.

The Ministry had earlier approved a similar assistance for Arjuna awardee archer Limba Ram, who is suffering from a neurogenerative disease. Earlier this month, a grant of ₹5 lakh was also cleared for ailing archer Gohela Boro.