Forgotten Boxing hero Kaur Singh raising loan from money lenders for medical treatment

first_imgIndifferent attitude of Punjab government has cost dear to Padamshri Kaur Singh, 65, who won three gold medals in various heavyweight boxing championships for the country including 1982 Asian games.The forgotten hero, who is currently admitted to a private hospital in Mohali, is running from pillar to post to get the cash award announced by then Akali Dal government in 1982.Interestingly, he wants his cash price to fund his medical treatment. Two years ago, when the doctors advised him to put stents, he was compelled to raise a loan of Rs 2 lacs from a private money lender as he had no cash reserves.Now, the total outstanding loan including interest which he has to pay is Rs 2.5 lacs.Kaur Singh was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali after he reported some complications. He told India Today that he is not able to walk as the injuries caused during the games have started troubling him in the old age.He is lying in a private hospital from last 24 days but none of the state government officials have come to meet him.The only Indian boxer who had fought with the boxing Legend Muhammad Ali boasts a chequered career. Besides winning a gold medal in the Asian games held in New Delhi during 1982 , he had also won two gold medals one each in Kings cup and Asian championships.Kaur Singh is also an army veteran and had retired as Subedar from Indian Army. He was also awarded a Sena Medal and was later employed as a Sub-Inspector by the Punjab police. However, the pension being paid to him now is meagre.advertisementInterestingly, the then chief minister of Punjab Prakash Singh Badal in 1982 had announced an incentive of rupees one lac to Kaur Singh when he won a gold medal in the Boxing championship. But even after 35 years he has yet to get his cash award.Kaur Singh told India Today that once when he reminded Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal of his investment, he was given a token money of Rs 10,000.Badals who spent Rs 100 crore on their chopper rides between 2007 to 2017 forgot to pay Rs 90,000 to the boxing star.Kaur Singh’s reaction was sharp when he was approached for a comment by India Today. Slamming the Punjab government for the step motherly treatment, Kaur Singh warned state’s sportspersons to think twice before making a career in sports.”The future generations should think twice before deciding to make a career in the sports as the state governments treats the medal winners as children of a lesser God,” says Kaur Singh.Kaur Singh hails from Choti Kanal kalan village of Sangrur district and owns two acres of ancestral land. His wife Baljeet Kaur is also on the bed and he did not allow his son to make a career in the sports after he was subjected to a step motherly treatment by the government.When approached for a comment Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal assured that the state government will wear Kaur Singh’s medical expenses if he himself or any of his family members approaches the government with the return request.”I only came to know about Kaur Singh’s poor health through your channel. The state government will render all sorts of help to the family and will even bear the medical expenses if a written request is received says,” Manpreet Singh Badal.last_img

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