Jamshedpur, July 25 : Archer Ashok Soren has said that financial aid from the central government has come like a ray of hope.The 29-year-old old tribal archer, who stands to receive Rs 5 lakh from the Union sports ministry, has been facing tough situation.
Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore had on Tuesday announced. financial aid to Soren, a resident of Deogarh village in East Singhbhum, after it came to light that he had been working as a daily wager to sustain himself. The financial assistance has been given from Pandit Dendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.
“I am really thankful to the government. I have decided to resume archery, Soren, who completed his intermediate in arts from Jamshepdur Worker’s College.
Soren won two gold and a silver at the South Asian Archery Championship held at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur in 2008.in the Indian round (shooting with ordinary bow and arrow).
“The financial assistance has been given from Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons (PDUNWFS). Shri Soren is currently living in Jamshedpur in indigent conditions,” said an official.
It was reported that Soren was working as a labourer under the government’s rural employment guarantee scheme. The ministry had earlier approved a similar assistance for Arjuna awardee archer Limba Ram, who is suffering from a neurodegenerative disease.