Haryana Government in yet another u-turn has decided to hold no State-level function for the CWG medallists. However, as announced earlier the athletes from the state will get their cash awards.
CWG medallists from Haryana will get their long-awaited awards, but there will be no State-level function to honour the athletes. The State Government had also cancelled the State-level function announced to honour the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games medallists from Haryana. The awards, following a tug of war between the State Sports Department and the athletes, were announced again. Now the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s office ruled to cancel the State-level function and instead honour the athletes at the district-level “samman smarohs”.
Indian Express, quoting sources has reported that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had overruled a proposal by Sports Minister Anil Vij and his department for a State-level function to honour the athletes. The sports department had proposed a function at the Haryana Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh. There were plans that the Governor, the CM and the sports minister will give the cash awards to the medal winners. CM has disposed the proposal.
“Yes, the Chief Minister has taken a decision that the Haryana won’t hold state-level function to fete CWG medallists functions will be held at district level and the ministers would be assigned to be present there. Anyone from among us will go there to distribute the prizes. As per the CM’s decision, maximum number of sportspersons should be invited to the proposed district-level functions and the awards should be distributed in their (sportspersons’) presence so that they get inspired,” Vij has told the Indian Express.
“All such players would be given full amount of cash prize without any deduction, something the CM approved recently. All deputy commissioners have been directed to organise functions to honour sportspersons of their respective districts.”
The felicitation ceremony was earlier planned to be held in Panchkula on April 26. But it had to be cancelled because some had players opposed the government’s decision in which the admissible prize money to players was to be given after deducting the amount paid to them by the department or agency where they were working. After major criticism from the sportspersons and the opposition, the government has agreed to give them awards without any deductions.
The Chief Minister has given a “one-time” approval to give award money to the CWG medallists without any deduction.