In a recent development, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Sunday has said that it has deposited Rs 30,000 each as a pocket allowance in the accounts of as many as 2749 ‘Khelo India’ athletes. The total amount adds up to Rs 8.25 crore in all.
“The money has been transferred to the bank accounts of the athletes on May 22, 2020. A total of 2893 athletes will be given the OPA for the period, with the funds to the remaining 144 athletes to be transferred by the end of May 2020,” a press release from SAI said.
The allowance is reportedly alloted for the first quarter of the 2020-20 year. The allowance includes expenses incurred in traveling to hometown, diet charges while at home and various other costs incurred by the athletes during this period.
The release further mentioned that athletes from 35 states and union territories have been given the allowance in 21 sporting disciplines with the maximum number of them from Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab and Tamil Nadu. The OPA comes to be around Rs 1.20 lakh annually and is a part of the Khelo India scholarship of Rs 6.28 that is given to each athlete who is selected under this scheme annually.