Rathore gives Rs21k to poor hockey player: The Tribune India

Our correspondent

Hamiprur, December 18

Kuldeep Rathore, chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), has provided financial aid of Rs 21,000 to Neha, a national hockey player who sells fast food at a kiosk in town.

Deepak Sharma, a senior HPCC spokesperson, presented the check for 21,000 rupees to Neha today.

The poor girl began to receive help after her poor financial situation was recently highlighted in the media.

Lives in a tin shed

  • Neha lives in a makeshift tin shed in the town of Hamirpur
  • The Sports Authority of India had selected her for her excellent hockey skills while in Class VIII
  • She honed her skills at the SAI Sports Hostel in Dharamsala
  • She represented the state twice at the National Junior Hockey Championships and won the silver medal once
  • She also represented the University of Punjab, Chandigarh, in weightlifting at the National University Games

Neha was forced to work and quit hockey and school after her father, the sole breadwinner, fell ill.

Sharma said Rathore has expressed deep concern for players who have brought laurels to the state in various sports. He added that Congress would adopt a rational policy to resolve the problems of these players.

“It is unfortunate that players, who have devoted their time and energy to sport, live in such pitiful conditions,” he said.

He said Congress would prioritize providing jobs for players so they don’t have to fight for survival.

He added that the state government should look at the matter with kindness and help these players financially.

Catherine J. Martinez