Sports Minister Sanctions Ex-Gratia Assistance to Shri Desh Prem Azad, Former Cricket Coach
Shri Ajay Maken, Minister of State ( Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports has sanctioned ex-gratia assistance of Rs 3,44,703/- lakh to Sh. Desh Prem Azad, a former Cricket Coach from National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.
Sh. Desh Prem Azad, a former Cricket Coach, is living in indigent condition, for his medical treatment. Taking cognizance of his poor financial position, the Sports Minister has sanctioned this ex-gratia. Shri Azad captained Punjab in Ranji trophy in 1964. He had distinction of having coached and trained Shri Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ashok Malhotra & Yograj Singh.
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.