OST Sports Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 3:
The Odisha government has finally woken up to acknowledge the contribution of the sportsmen in the state. It has identified 20 sportspersons, who have brought laurels for the state in national competitions, who would get a monthly pension of Rs 2000.
While the pension will be provided with retrospective effect from September 2012, 17 former sportspersons and three widows of sportspersons who have passed away will avail the pension, said sources in the Sports and Youth Affairs department.
As per the eligibility criteria fixed for the pension, the sportspersons should have attained above 50 years and should have monthly earnings of below Rs 50,000.