Pillay thanks PM Modi for helping ailing Shahid

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New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) Former Indian hockey team skipper Dhanraj Pillay on Tuesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Sports Ministry and Indian Railways for providing financial assistance to ailing legend Mohammad Shahid.

“I thank the honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, Sports Minister Shri Jitendra Singh ji, Indian Railways and Railways Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu ji and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Akhilesh Yadav ji for their prompt support and assistance to Shahid bhai’s treatment,” Pillay said in a letter.

On Friday, Pillay had appealed to the Prime Minster along with other ministries and associations, seeking help for the treatment of the Arjuna award winner who was suffering from chronic liver and kidney problems.

Immediately responding to Pillay’s plea, the Railway Ministry, that currently employs Shahid, took care of all expenses incurred on his treatment and the Sports Ministry announced Rs 10 lakh for overhead expenses.

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Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav also sanctioned Rs five lakh for the ailing Olympic gold medallist.



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