Fit for a Hero: Sir Viv’s benefits

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The Antigua and Barbuda government has laid out a raft of benefits for one of its living National Heroes, Sir Vivian Richards. Last week the government announced that it would be putting the legislative framework in place to give Sir Vivian, an all-time great West Indian cricketer, a government pension. This week the Cabinet disclosed that the monthly pension will be equivalent to the sum now paid ministers of state.
“He will receive exemption of duties and other charges on the importation of personal items [and] he will be exempt from paying property taxes on the home he owns and where he resides,” a statement from the Cabinet read. Further, Sir Vivian will be allowed one duty-free car every seven years and if needed, he will be provided a driver and a home helper to be paid by the treasury.
The statement concluded by saying that the cricket icon will also remain an ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda. Long held as perhaps the most destructive batsman ever, the “Master Blaster” was knighted by the Antigua and Barbuda government in 1999, and the country’s national stadium bears his name.

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