Kiren Rijiju sanctions Rs 5 lakh for ailing young footballer

NewsBharati    10-Sep-2020
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New Delhi, Sept 10: With an aim to assist Ramananda Ningthoujam, a young Indian footballer, the Sports Ministry has come forward to extend financial support to him who is suffering from kidney failure. The Ministery has sanctioned financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakhs to the athlete.
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Ramananda who has represented India at various international tournaments, and is the son of a rickshaw-puller. His family does not have the means to provide him necessary treatment. He is presently at Shija Hospital in Manipur and is also suffering from a problem of blurred vision, along with the kidney problem.
"Taking cognizance of his serious medical condition and the financial situation of the family, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju has sanctioned an ex-gratia financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakhs to the athlete under the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons," the statement from a release said.
Speaking about the decision, Sports Minister said, “The welfare of our athletes is of primary concern for the Government. Ramananda has represented the country on various occasions and contributed to Indian sport. To provide the best facilities, both off and on the field, is important because not only are athletes our national assets, they are also national icons so if we cannot ensure a life of dignity for them, then it would be impossible to motivate sportspersons who give up the best years of their life for sport.”
Ramananda, who is also the eldest son of the family, has represented India in the U-17 Asian Football Soccer Championships in Guwahati in 2017 as well as the U-12/U-13 National Sub-Junior Championships in 2013 in Kalyani and U-15 National Championships in Delhi in 2015.
Earlier, veteran sports commentator Novy Kapadia was given financial assistance through the same fund. Any needy sportsperson can apply for the assistance through the Sports Ministry's website or write to [email protected]