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How nice it would have been if The BCCI and various Government bodies, Instead of just Announcing Obscene rewards for Cricketers, could have also Announced Various Socially Beneficial schemes, Scholarships and Grants!
Imran Khan won the World Cup in 1992 not just for his country, but more for setting up the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, a 75% free cancer hospital, which he set up in the memory of his mother who had succumbed to cancer a few years before. It’s time India took some social lessons from this iconic Pakistani cricketer. While the recent World Cup victory has seen BCCI and various other government bodies dole out millions of rupees to our already rich world cup winning cricketers, it’s shameful that neither has BCCI nor these government bodies thought of announcing socially beneficial schemes for the underprivileged in these times.
Apart from the ten million rupees BCCI has announced for each player, many states like Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Gujrat, Karnataka and Jharkhand have ministers going all over each other giving land, cars, tax sops, out-of-turn promotions, awards, and yes, more cash to these players.
BCCI has always been one of the richest sports associations with a net worth estimated at $1.5 billion; a sum expected to exponentially increase post India’s World Cup victory. Now, what would any sane government do in such situations? They would in all obviousness tax the gains from such a sport and redirect the collections to social service. Almost insanely, the Indian government recently announced a major relief to this association by allowing a Rs.450 million tax waiver to the ICC for the World Cup – of course, because a recent amendment in the Income Tax Act allows for such waivers.
Would it not have made better sense for BCCI and these various state governments to have announced an educational scheme for the girl child in celebration of our World Cup victory? Or perhaps the setting up of many new health centres? Sadly, at least this time, a Pakistani’s commitment to his nation seems fathoms more than our own to India.
By:- Sray Agarwal
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