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HYDERABAD: The Sports Minister Vatti Vasanth Kumar has issued instructions stopping the controversial move of transferring the services of all the ‘pay-and-play' coaches of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) to a private agency.
The ‘pay-and-play' coaches are actually on contract jobs with the SAAP and the outgoing principal secretary A.K. Parida had decided earlier to send 15 such coaches in the city and 50 in other parts of the State to a private agency. In effect, the private agency would pay them the Rs.5,000 per month salary each, while the SAAP would pay a lumpsum money to the agency.
It is understood that the SAAP would end up paying five per cent extra to the agency for taking up this job.
Taking note of the serious concern of these coaches, the Minister had issued a note last week to give a ray of hope for these coaches who are already struggling for survival because of the meagre salaries.
“We take pride in working for SAAP and once an agency takes over our subject, we will not have the same dignity in doing the job,” is the argument of these coaches who are well qualified also.
“Or else, we can as well join any private institution and earn more,” they pointed out. A senior official of SAAP conceded that the note is in circulation and is expected to reach his office anytime.
“As things stand, the pay-and-play coaches can breathe easy thanks to the Minister's initiative,” he felt.
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