CM orders immediate payment to players
IMPHAL, 12th oct: Taken aback by reports of non-payment of already assured financial assistance to the eight Manipuri footballers who are in the Indian team for the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup, Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday directed for the immediate payment of Rs 5 lakh each. Biren Singh was reportedly miffed after he came to know that the poor parents (now in New Delhi) were unable to watch their children play in the matches as they faced difficulties in managing their expenses. The state government had announced financial assistance to the players/parents. Sports Minister Letpao Haokip said: "Rs 10,000 each was given to the parents and air tickets." Members of the public had also donated generously to enable the parents to go to the national capital. Following the Chief Minister's rebuke, payment to the players was expedited.