Deepa (40), a disabled athlete from Tamilnadu, is caught in the grip of poverty.
She is an athlete who has represented India in the field of sports in the last 20 years and has won many medals like gold, silver and bronze in international sports competitions. She is currently working as a cook in a hotel in Chennai. It is noteworthy that she is the first woman to receive the Kalpana Chawla Award of the Tamil Nadu Government.
Late Chief Minister Karunanidhi presented Deepa with the Kalpana Chawla Award for Veeramangai at the Independence Day function in 2010.
He says that he did not get recognition even though he enthusiastically participated in many national competitions representing Tamil Nadu and won medals in international competitions representing India.
Deepa’s current expectation is that the Tamil Nadu government should fulfill its promise of providing government jobs according to her educational qualification.
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