Pension to the Retired Sportspersons for their livelihood – Lok Sabha QA
Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports
Department of Sports
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2568
TO BE ANSWERED ON 02.08.2022
Pension to the Retired Sportspersons
†2568. SHRI VIVEK NARAYAN SHEJWALKAR:
Will the Minister of YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS be pleased to state:
(a) whether the Government is providing pension to the retired sportspersons for their livelihood;
(b) if so, the details thereof and the number of sportspersons getting pension in Madhya Pradesh;
(c) whether there is any increase in this pension over time; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?
THE MINISTER OF YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS [SHRI ANURAG SINGH THAKUR]
(a) and (b): Yes sir. The Government is implementing the Scheme of Pension to Meritorious Sportsperson with an objective to provide assured monthly income through annuity for outstanding sportspersons. Under the existing Scheme, a monthly pension ranging from Rs.12,000/- to Rs.20,000/- is provided to the ex- sportspersons.
Currently, 829 ex-sportspersons are receiving benefits under the Scheme. State-wise list is not maintained in the Department.
(c) and (d): Yes Sir. The amount of pension to the ex-sportspersons has been increased over the years. The existing rates of pension are as under:-
|S. No.||Category of meritorious sportspersons||Rate of Pension (Rs./per month)|
|1||Medalists at the Olympic Games / Para Olympic Games||20,000|
|2||Gold medalists at the World Cup/World Championship* in Olympic and Asian Games disciplines||16,000|
|3||Silver and Bronze medalists at the World Cup* in Olympic and Asian Games disciplines||14,000|
|4||Gold medalists of the Asian/ Commonwealth Games/Para Asian Games||14,000|
|5||Silver and Bronze medalists of the Asian/ Commonwealth Games/ Para Asian Games||12,000|
This amount of monthly pension was last revised on 07.06.2018 wherein the amount under each category was doubled from the earlier existing amount.
Source: Lok Sabha