Railways wants BCCI to pay their coaches

Devendra Pandey
RSPB's secretary Railway Board, Premchand Lochab, confirmed that his organisation's coaches had requested him to take up the matter with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.

The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) will be requesting Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to help them pay their coaches across age-groups. As per policy, Railways doesn't pay any professional fees to its coaches, trainer, and physiotherapist since they happen to be their employees. All they are entitled is daily allowance.

RSPB's secretary Railway Board, Premchand Lochab, confirmed that his organisation's coaches had requested him to take up the matter with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. “Railways take care of 29 sports which is the largest in the country. We give more jobs than anyone else. As far as cricket is concerned, we don't get any subsidy from the BCCI like state associations. We make our own arrangements. Even the fees paid to players is given by the board. We had an internal discussion and coaches were of the view that Railways should request the BCCI to pay them professional fees. Their contribution is as crucial, they work as hard as players,” Lochab told The Indian Express.

Former Mumbai and Railways pacer Santosh Saxena, who is the coach of under 23 team with Railways said, the amount they earn from coaching is very nominal compared to other state association teams.

“They have qualified coaches in Railways, we have physios who have a degree from UK. We are as good as others. We have requested BCCI that like they helped North Eastern cricket teams, they should consider us also,” Saxena stated.

U19 team disbanded

BCCI has suspended Railways under 19 for last season, reason being players need to be permanent employees with the Railways. The Indian board technical committee last year took a decision to disband the team. In the past, the Indian board had received complaints on how only children of Railways employees got picked for Railways under 19s.