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Rathore approves increase in pension to meritorious sportspersons

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Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Col. (Rtd.) Rajyavardhan Rathore has approved the upward revision of pension to meritorious Sportspersons. Under the revision, the rate of pension has been doubled on the existing rate for those winning medals in international sports events. The new rates of pension are as follows: - Medal winners at the Olympic/Para-Olympic Games will get Rs 20,000. Gold medallist at World Cup/World Championship (in Olympic/Asian Games disciplines) will get Rs 16,000. Silver/Bronze medallist at World Cup/World Championship (in Olympics / Asian Games disciplines) and Gold medallist in Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Para Asian Games will get Rs 14,000. Silver and Bronze medallist in Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Para Asian Games will get Rs 12,000. The rate of pension of medal winners in the Para-Olympics Games and Para Asian Games will be at par with the medal winners in the Olympic Games and Asian Games respectively. Only the World Championships held once in four years will be considered for the pension. In the revised scheme, the sportsperson should retire from active sports career and attain the age of 30 years at the time of applying pension under the scheme.  An undertaking to this effect will be given by the sportsperson in the application form itself. It should also be confirmed from SAI while forwarding application for verification of achievements of the applicant. In the case of existing pensioners, the revision in the rate of pension will be effective from April 1, 2018. NNN

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