pandit-deendayal-upadhyay-national-welfare-fund-for-sportspersons-pib

  • Context: The Sports Ministry has come forward to extend financial support to Ramananda Ningthoujam, a young Indian footballer who has represented India at various international tournaments, and is suffering from kidney failure. 
  • Taking cognizance of his serious medical condition and the financial situation of the family, the Ministry has sanctioned an ex-gratia financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakhs to the athlete under the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.

Analysis

  • The salient features of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons (PDUNWFS) are as follows:
  • To provide suitable assistance to outstanding sportspersons now living in indigent circumstances;
  • To provide suitable assistance to outstanding sportspersons injured during the period of their training for competitions and also during the competitions, depending on the nature of the injury;
  • To provide suitable assistance to outstanding sportspersons who bring glory to the country in international sports field and who are disabled as an after effect of their strenuous training or otherwise and to provide them assistance for medical treatment;
  • To provide suitable assistance to promote welfare of outstanding sportspersons generally in order to alleviate distress among them and their dependents in indigent circumstances.
  • Funds are not sanctioned/released under the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons scheme area-wise. 
  • The financial help is provided to athletes depending upon their financial and medical conditions. 
  • Monthly pension can also being given from ‘Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.’