Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore has approved the upward revision of pension to meritorious sportspersons.
Under the revised rates, the rate of pension has been doubled off the existing rate of pension on winning medals in international sports events.
The revised pension rates are as follows:
• The medalists at the Olympic/Para-Olympic Games will now get Rs 20,000, double from earlier Rs 10000 per month.
• The gold medalists at World Cup/World Championship in Olympic and Asian Games disciplines will get Rs 16,000, which is also double from earlier Rs 8,000 per month.
• The silver or bronze medalists at World Cup or World Championship in Olympics and Asian Games disciplines and gold medalists in Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Para Asian Games will now get Rs14, 000 from earlier Rs 7,000 per month.
• The silver and bronze medalist 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.
The World Championships held once in four years will only be considered for the pension.
In the case of existing pensioners, the revision in the rate of pension will be effective from April 1, 2018.
Under the revised scheme, it is highlighted that the sportsperson should retire from active sports career and be attaining the age of 30 years at the time of applying pension under the scheme.
An undertaking to this effect will have to be given by the sportsperson in the application form itself and the same has to be confirmed from SAI while forwarding application for verification of achievements of the applicant.