Chandigarh, Jun 8: The government of Haryana on Friday made a U-turn and put the notification asking sportspersons from the state to hand over one-third of their earnings on hold. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said issues raised by athletes will be considered and the notification is put on hold till further orders. Also Read - 'Distressed' Over Centre's Passage of Farm Bills, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh to Hold Sit-in Today
“I have asked for the relevant file of Sports Department to be shown to me and the notification to be put on hold till further orders. We are proud of immense contribution by our sportspersons and I assure them of a just consideration of all issues,” CM Khattar told news agency ANI. Also Read - 'It Will Worsen COVID-19 Situation': Plea in Delhi High Court Calls to Prevent Stubble Burning
The state government issued a notification asking sportspersons from the state to hand over one-third of their earnings from professional events and endorsements to the Haryana Sports council. The notification, dated April 30, states that the money thus collected from sportspersons will be used for development of sports and budding talent in Haryana. Also Read - Bharat Bandh: 'Rail Roko' in Punjab, Blockades in Haryana as India Witnesses Farmer Protest Over Farm Bills | Top Points
“One-third of the income earned by sportspersons from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council, amount to be used for development of sports in the state,” the notification read. The move has drawn wide condemnation with several athletes criticising the state government.
“This new rule makes a mockery of sportspersons. There is no such rule for cricketers who earn much more than those from other sports. Cricketers make a lot of money from endorsements, but those from other sports like boxing, kabaddi, and wrestling do not earn much,” star wrestler Geeta Phogat said.