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Updated: June 12, 2012 12:37 IST

Nisha Rani Dutta to get Rs. 5 lakh aid

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Nisha Rani Dutta
Nisha Rani Dutta

Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ajay Maken on Thursday announced a financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh to the indigent former national archer, Nisha Rani Dutta.

The Hindu had reported on Wednesday that she was forced to sell her silver bow and that its readers had reached out to her with financial assistance.

The Minister said he would look deeper into the matter and ask for more details about Ms. Dutta. He said he was moved by her plight after reading about it in these columns. “In fact, there were tweets about the article and I immediately decided that we have to do something to set right the situation.”

Ms. Dutta received a cheque for Rs. 20,000 on Tuesday from The Hindu readers.

Ms. Dutta, 21, has two dependent sisters. Her parents are in their seventies.

She had tried to get a job in several government departments and had even approached Jharkhand's Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mehto, who also holds the Sports portfolio.

Born into a farming family of Patamda in Jamshedpur district, Ms. Dutta won a silver medal at the 2008 South Asian Federation Championship in Jharkhand, a bronze medal at the 2006 Bangkok Grand Prix, and the Best Player Award in the 2007 Asian Grand Prix in Taiwan.

She quit archery two years ago owing to poverty.

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Giver her job . she does not deserve charity.
A second thought , I think BCCI must help her in this regard .

from:  Nilesh Salpe
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 21:21 IST

This is good news. I think too much attention is being paid to Cricket

from:  krishna
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 18:38 IST

Well done Hindu!
Hope Nisha Rani can resume her practice.
Thanks Mr. Maken for your action.

from:  Dipankar Ghosh
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 18:18 IST

Finally the Sports Ministry woke up with the help of "The Hindu" alarm bells. Its time our country recognize gems like Miss Nisha Rani Dutta. I hope our nation stop giving freebies to national cricketers whose pocket are always full and give attention to the real sports personalities of India.

from:  R Kithan
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 18:18 IST

This is the best news I've heard this week. I hope the money will be promptly delivered to this nice,talented lady and her family. Well done The Hindu and your caring readers. Thank you.

from:  David Hull
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 17:27 IST

Hope the announcement will not remain a mere announcement and Ms.Dutta will acutally receive the money from the Government and that too without any delay. Still it is a great tragedy that such talent is getting wasted for want of financial support. Government should introspect and ensure that deserving sportspersons dont languish but get full support.

from:  Shivkumar
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 16:09 IST

This proves that you have to keep striving & fighting for right cause
- if we give up our fight for any reason then we loose the right to
complain too. Do your duty & then you need not ask for your rights -
it will be granted. But without doing duties nowadays next gen want
their rights. Well young men & women please STRIVE & then if your
rights are delayed or denied YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO FIGHT FOR THEM.
AND YOU WILL WIN & SHOW OTHERS THE WAY.

BEST WISHES HINDU & TEAM. KEEP UP THIS STRUGGLE - THOUGH AT TIMES IT
MAY SEEM THANKLESS JOB.

from:  Venkatramani
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 15:38 IST

This is an excellent work by "The Hindu". After all this is what media is for and could do - the potential is immense and can change the life of many. Kudos to Ajay Maken as well! I wonder being a Jharkand sportsperson, why is India crciket captain, M.S. Dhoni not supporting Nisha Rani. After all, the more we learn to give, the better individuals we become!

from:  Jeril Philip
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 15:29 IST

It's inspiration to the Society

from:  surya
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 14:44 IST

I'm very happy to read this! Great job, The Hindu!

from:  Sara
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 14:34 IST

Finally Nisha Rani Dutta got justice,I hope she gets a govt.job as well which she deserves.
GOOD WORK theHindu team...!!

from:  Manjit Kaur
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 13:52 IST

Reading about this step taken by Hindu readers is touching, and shows that humanity will be kept alive by people like this.

from:  Armaan Sharma
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 09:57 IST

Bravo 'The Hindu'"! Bravo Mr. Ajay Maken ! for the support extended to the indigent former national archer Nisha Rani Dutta to restart her career. However, the concerned governments should have had proper administrative mechanisms to have understood her plight two years ago, the exact moment she was in, selling off her silver bow. India, first of all should get rid-off chronic corruption to ward-off such pitiable situtations at least from now on. As the executive branch does not do much on this front, the Judiciary and the press branches should take the lead to do the suitable to redress this falacies !

from:  Haja Abu Bucker
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 09:00 IST

The saying ‘no wrong is great enough that it could not be corrected by love’ is vindicated in Sports Minister’s action of showing a positive response to the destitute sports person’s plight, albeit late. However, this ‘good karma’ of one minister ought to be a sort of a game changer in the state of affairs in the government in general. Mr. Ajay Maken’s act is admirable for turning a small page over in bringing a smile on the young athlete’s face. Once again, The Hindu has shown what positive reporting is all about.

from:  Kalyan
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 01:52 IST
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