Labourer's daughter makes it to sh ting Junior World Cup, but doesn't have funds to go
MEERUT: Priya Singh,19, has defied odds to shoot her way to glory. Daughter of a dalit labourer in Meerut's Mawana subdivision, she is one of the six candidates shortlisted to represent India in the 50m rifle prone at the ISSF Junior World Cup to be held in Suhl, Germany, from June 22.
However, Priya, who made it to the coveted event with a borrowed rifle, doesn't have the financial wherewithal to support her career and may have to miss the championship. Reason: the go nment provides financial assistance to the top three only while she is ranked fourth in the list of six who have qualified.
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajiv Bhatia told TOI, "We fully support Priya and we are hel her out with the gun permit so that she is able to participate in the Suhl event. As far as financial assistance is concerned, our hands are tied. The go nment takes care of all expenses, including ammunition, for the top three participants. The remaining ones have to take care of their travel and stay."
The father-daughter duo has approached everyone — from chief minister Yogi Adityanath to Prime Minister Narendra Modi — but to no avail. "I work under a contractor and earn Rs 10,000 a month. I use this amount to feed my family, including my four children," her father, Brijpal Singh, 50, told TOI. He said he also spoke with moneylenders but they were not willing to give him a loan.
Priya didn't even have a rifle of her own. Provided equipment by the National Cadet Corps (NCC), of which she was a cadet until 2017, she won 17 medals between 2014 and 2017, including gold in the All India National Shooting Championship in 2016 and 2017.
However, 2017 was the last time she participated in a competition as bidding farewell to NCC meant unavailability of a gun.
A recipient of Raksha Mantri Award and the prestigious Governor's Medal, she was sed to be part of the Indian squad for the Junior World Cup in January this year.
"I received a copy of the letter of invitation written by the German Shooting Federation to National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) on May 22. Since then, my father and I have been running around, approaching people for financial assistance. I personally visited the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and left an application. For three days, we also tried to meet Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore," Priya told TOI.
Priya needs Rs 4.5 lakh to fund her travel and accommodation to Germany. Her father has already sold his buffalo for Rs 50,000 but that's clearly not enough.
Meanwhile, Brijpal is busy looking for lenders. "I don't even have time to curse my fate. A person has agreed to rent my daughter a 0.22 Peep Sight Anschutz rifle, but I need money for her travel and stay," he said.
According to the Indian junior team coach at NRAI, Deepak Dubey, "She is indeed a rare talent. If given an opportunity, she can do wonders for the country. Unfortunately, financial constraints are jeopardizing her budding career. With the association's help, she has got her visa, but she will have to arrange for her ticket, stay, etc. The 0.22 Peep Sight Anschutz rifle alone costs Rs 3 lakh."
Dubey added that the go nment would have fully sponsored Priya's trip, had she been in the top 3. "But since she secured the fourth spot, she will have to fend for herself," he said.
Santosh Kumar D
Santosh Kumar D-10 hours ago
Post her bank details - crowd funding will help her and no ch to anyone
Mohammad Zabi-9 hours ago-Follow
I shall sponsor her ticket please
Vijay-9 hours ago-Follow
come on India. please send bank details I will contribute 5000/ immediately.
John Tulip-8 hours ago-Follow
Where are so called dalit leader now
Kaeed Johar Suratw
Kaeed-8 hours ago-Follow
Can we have her address please? Or her bank account details. I'll contribute whatever I can. I also appeal to all members of this forum to help this girl in whatever way they can. Don''t let this rare talent go waste.
Deepak Chaudhry-9 hours ago-Follow
Mr PM can cut one of his associate travel once and fund it easily.
Sachin Kumar Rath
Sachin-bhubaneswar-9 hours ago-Follow
may be rs rathod will look into this issue instead of doing push up and challenging other celebrities.
Scl-India-9 hours ago-Follow
Her financial requirements and bank details should have been provided so that people could transfer funds to her a/c.
Upendra Dheeraj-9 hours ago-Follow
Post her bank details ASAP.
Amit-Location-6 hours ago-Follow
why mention the caste, it is about sports and representing the nation.
Sujit Jha sujit jha-6 hours ago-Follow
I don''t know when this stupid journalists will stop using word "Dalit" in their columns
Jatinder-GuEsS-8 hours ago-Follow
please share her account details.... citizens and people from all over the world will help her...
Snooty Snooty-9 hours ago-Follow
Give her contact details
Paper is meant to only to state problems ?
Can Times not think beyond?
Gunslinger-7 hours ago-Follow
This can be crowdfunded .
Samit Padhy-8 hours ago-Follow
Anyway she can create fund raiser event and certainly people will donate for her including me.