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.
The son of a rickshaw-puller, his family does not have the means to provide him necessary treatment.
He is presently at Shija Hospital in Manipur and is also suffering from a problem of blurred vision, along with the kidney problem.
Taking cognizance of his serious medical condition and the financial situation of the family, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has sanctioned an ex-gratia financial assistance of 5 lakh rupees to the athlete under the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.
Speaking about the decision, Mr Rijiju said, the welfare of our athletes is of primary concern for the Government.
He said, Ramananda has represented the country on various occasions and contributed to Indian sport.
Earlier, veteran sports commentator Novy Kapadia was given financial assistance through the same fund.
Any needy sportsperson can apply for the assistance through the Sports Ministry’s website or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.