Chandigarh, Jul 5 : Punjab Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi on Friday said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh would honour 93 players excelling at the National and International level on July 9 with the ‘Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award’.
In a communique here, the Minister said every awardee would get Rs two lakh in cash, trophy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in armour atop a steed, blazer and a scroll.
Mr Sodhi said the state government is fully committed to uplift the standard of sports and encourage the players under which the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Awards pending since seven years, would be given to the players of the state. A total of 81 players excelling in the sporting arena from 2011-2018 have been selected for the award besides twelve other veteran players who have already been felicitated by the Union Government.
The Minister said that in a major shift in the sports policy, it has been decided that the player from Punjab honoured with Padma Awards or Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award or Arjuna Award, would automatically get selected for Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award.
He said that 15 players for sporting achievements in 2011, 14 players for 2012, five players each for 2013, 2014 & 2015, 15 players for 2016, seven players for 2017 and ten players for 2018 have been chosen for the award.
It is worth noting that Maharaja Ranjit Singh Awards were instituted in 1978 and 305 players have been honoured with it until 2010. It is also worth mentioning that the Sports Minister, himself a shooter of international repute, was conferred the award in 1978.(UNI)