(Pics) Cricketers get their dues, what about ISRO scientists?

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Unlike Cricket, ISRO geniuses paid less
New Delhi, Sept 24: India goes crazy when India wins the world cup or when Bollywood releases a film; surely, they have got their dues. Some of them being tolerated for their tantrums (Dhoni's Biriyani tantrum) and some being overpaid for a short role in the movie.

A mind that 'pays'

The space missions here have paid humanity across the years. But how much do we pay the minds behind them? Unconfirmed secondary sources confirm, its MEAGRE.

An independent blog sites that the starting salary of a scientist in ISRO is Rs 7.2 lakhs, without deductions. Moreover, they have to worry about their pay changes with the renewed pay commissions.

Compare this to the statistics provided by, what seems to be a recruiting agency, GLASSDOOR in US, which states that scientists in NASA are paid close to $94,177 per annum, which is close to 61 lakhs per annum in INR.

Let us not calculate the amount bollywood stars get for every film. Cricketers, on the other hand, get paid a minimum of Rs 4 lakhs, which can go up to Rs 1 crore per person (World Cup 20-20). One can imagine the amount they earn every year, with multiple such matches.

Here is the break-up:

  • For winning World Cup 2011 - Each player got Rs 2 crore from BCCI (Indian cricket board)
  • Fees per match for India cricketer - Rs 7 lakhs (Test match), Rs 4 lakhs (One Day International) Rs 2 lakhs (Twenty20 International)
  • Apart from match fees each cricket has annual contract fees (3 categories) Grade A - Rs 1 crore/year, Grade B - Rs 50 lakhs/year and Grade C - Rs 25 lakhs/year.

Indeed, the BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world!

The open-armed welcome for our cricketers, not scientists

A match won, the Indian cricket team fans go crazy with crackers and fanfare, almost to the extent of idolizing them. The cricketers get a hearty welcome and an open-air bus tour.

ISRO scientists live in ignominy, planning for their next mission. A post-mission interview with the scientists showcase a child-like exuberance. They are happy with the Prime Minister's support and do not want anything else.

"We knew there is someone for us when PM Modi said that even if the mission was a failure, he would have been there supporting us taking full responsibility of the failure," said one of the scientists.

"Our next mission is Venus, to go deeper into the solar system," said another scientist.

Politicians too have washed their hands off their contributions-some making their maiden trips to ISRO [Read]

Wake up India, its high time, we really recognised the greater feats that the country has to offer us.

Unlike Cricket, ISRO geniuses paid less

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Unlike Cricket, ISRO geniuses paid less

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Unlike Cricket, ISRO geniuses paid less

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Unlike Cricket, ISRO geniuses paid less

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Unlike Cricket, ISRO geniuses paid less

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Unlike Cricket, ISRO geniuses paid less

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