Haryana govt. likely to rejects cash award CWG medallists
Chandigarh(Narinder Jagga): The Haryana Government has decided to teach a lesson to such Commonwealth medallists, who have declared to boycott a state level ceremony organised by the Haryana Government, which was scheduled on April in Panchkula. The Government has postponed its ceremonial function. After the meeting with CM Manohar Lal Khattar, the Sport Minister Anil Vij, while talking to Daily Post, said that now such players will be treated the same ways as they are trying to humiliate the Government for prize money. Vij said that the Government is going to review its sports policy.Notable, top Haryana athletes Neeraj Chopra, Manoj Kumar, Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and some others had decided to boycott the ceremony organised by the Government to honour Gold Coast Commonwealth Games medallists. Their protest against a move by the Government that could potentially reduce award money to medallists. According to Haryana’s sports policy, a CWG gold medallist from the state is to get Rs 1.5 crore, silver medallist Rs 75 lacs and a bronze medallist Rs 50 lacs. But as per the current amendments, the athletes who represent any other institutions and are given cash prize, the Haryana Government would deduct the amount given by the institutions from their stated amount. Minister Vij told that the amendments were made to honours such players who belong to Haryana, but have taken part in the game from any other institution except Haryana.It was a move to fill the discrimination of cash prize. But the move initiated by the CWG medallists can create discrimination among the players. 22 players have won the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. But out of 22, only 11 are such players, who had played for Indian Railways or India Air Force or any other department despite from Haryana Government. Despite the fact, the Haryana Government had decided to award such players by going out its policy. Minister told that now the Government will review its old policy in which only the players, who are domiciled in Haryana and played for the state will be eligible for the prize money.
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