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Himachal govt to increase cash award for sportspersons

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

The state government announced increasing the cash award for the outstanding sports persons wining international championships.

Youth and Sports Minister Govind Singh said on Friday during the question hour of the monsoon session while replying to the question raised by BJP Member of Legislative Assembly Narender Bragta.

During the question hour speaker Rajeev Bindal announced that three sports persons all daughter of Himachal had won medal at the Asian Games being held at Jakarta, which has not only made Himachal proud, but also the entire nation.

Thakur said that the state government will double the cash award to Rs Two crore from Rs One crore to the winners of Gold medal at the Olympic Games. Besides, the cash award for Silver medal winners will be increased to Rs One crore from Rs 75 lakh and Rs 50 lakh from Rs 25 lakh for the Bronze medal.

The cash award for the Asian Games or Commonwealth Games, Gold medal winner will be given Rs 20 lakh, Rs 10 lakh for Silver medal and Rs 6 lakh for Bronze medal winners.

To promote sports is the state, the state government had constructed 57 multi-purpose outdoor stadium and 3200 small sports ground, he said, adding that the synthetic track at Swaraswati Nagar falling under Jubbal-Kotkhai Assembly constituency will be completed within two years, for which a sum of Rs One crore has been provided and Rs 7 Crore has been sought from the Central government.