The Union Sports Ministry on Tuesday sanctioned financial assistance of rupees five lakh to former archer Ashok Soren, who is currently living in an indigent condition in Jamshedpur. Also Read - As Prithvi Shaw Gets Banned For Doping Violation, Union Sports Ministry Attacks BCCI For Conducting 'Unauthorized' Dope Test

Media reports had emerged that the 28-year-old was working as a labourer under the government’s rural employment guarantee scheme. Also Read - Sports Ministry Rejects Application of Harbhajan Singh For Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award; Dutee Chand's Name For Arjuna Award Also Gets Dismissed

Soren won two gold medals at the 2008 South Asian Games.

The financial assistance has been given from Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.

(With Inputs From IANS)