Manohar Lal Khattar’s Haryana government has surprisingly taken a U-turn in the pay dispute issue. Haryana Government had last week asked all athletes to pay 30 per cent of their prize money to the State’s sports council, which is a government body. This announcement was met with a strong counter as Commonwealth Games 2018 winners protested on social media. Top notch athletes from Haryana, Sushil Kumar and Babita Phogat raised concerns and now it seems the government has budged under pressure from the athletes.
The latest is that all the CWG winners would receive their full prize money, according to Indian Express. This comes as a huge respite for athletes.
Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs minister, Anil Vij according to a The Indian Express report, he said, “There cannot be any compromise with achievements of our sportspersons. They will be given their dues. There will be no deduction from their award money. I shall soon be preparing a file and sending it to the Chief Minister. I will also be taking it up with the Chief Minister to ensure sportspersons get their dues without deductions.
In a statement released by the state government, Vij said, “An advertisement would also be released in newspapers, and any person up to the age of 50 years, who fulfilled the conditions, would be able to apply against the advertisement. The department would prepare a chart and upload it on its website to enable sportspersons to know the job being offered against the medals won by them.”
This comes as a huge respite for the CWG winners. As most hail from humble background the prize money will surely make a difference. Hence, it is good for the athletes and this gesture by the government will also motivate them to achieve greater heights in their respected sport.