Chandigarh, June 14 : Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij said that a state level function will be organised to honour outstanding sports persons of the state, in Panchkula on June 24.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will give away cash prizes worth Rs 90 crore to about 3,000 sportspersons winning medals in national and international competitions.
Vij said that sportspersons who have won medals in Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Para-Asian Games during the years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 will be honoured in this function. The sportspersons of senior and junior categories, who could not be honoured previously due to certain reasons, will also be honoured in this function.
He said that after the formulation of the New Sports Policy 2015, many sports persons have brought laurels to the state and the country at national and international levels. The present state government has provided reservation to such sportspersons in Class III and IV jobs whereas reservation in Class I and II jobs has been provided to sportspersons, who have won medals in international competitions.
The Minister said that the state government has increased the prize money of medal winning players in Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and National Games. Apart from this, the prize money of medal winners in Olympic Games has also been increased.
Under this, the prize money of the Olympic gold medalist has been increased from Rs 5 crore to Rs 6 crore, silver medalist from Rs 3 crore to Rs 4 crore, the bronze medalist from Rs 2 crore to Rs 2.5 crore and the prize money of participating sportspersons has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, he added.