Hockey Player Vincent Lakra Devoted 14 Years Of His Life For India, Only To Get Rs.5000 As Pension

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12:02 pm 20 Sep, 2016

Vincent Lakra was Indian Hockey team’s central forward during the 1978 world cup and was a crucial part of the team which went on to defeat host Argentina to finish fifth in the competition.

Images from Vincent's Hockey Days. Divya Bhaskar

Images from Vincent’s Hockey Days. Divya Bhaskar

A well-known face of the Indian Hockey at that time, Vincent currently is struggling even to make ends meet.

Forced to take care of a family of 11, Vincent currently works as a farmer in the paddy fields of Chhattisgarh.

Vincent Lakra. Rajasthan Patrika

Vincent Lakra. Rajasthan Patrika

Vincent was a well-known player in the 1970’s and 1980’s and was even good friends with Bollywood star Sunil Dutt, who was a fan of his playing style.

Today, things have changed and Vincent is now forced to live life if poverty in the tribal village of Sithraa, Chhattisgarh.

Vincent, who gave 14 years of his life to the Indian Hockey team, gets a measly sum of just Rs. 5,000 per month from the government, which is not enough to feed his family.

“I don’t even have a pakka (lintel) house to live. I get a pension of Rs 5,000 from the state government but that is not enough to support a family of 11 members.”

Vincent though tried his level best to continue to provide for his family and even took up coaching.

Unfortunately, things failed to turn in his favour and he was soon forced to take up farming and earn whatever little he could for his family.

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