New Delhi: With a former cricketer as their sports minister, Uttar Pradesh seems to be on the right track as far as encouraging athletes is concerned. According to media reports, the sports minister of the state, Chetan Chauhan, who is a former Indian opener, has promised that all the athletes who get a medal at the Olympics will get Rs three crore from the state which is the same amount that the centre gives.Also Read - Bihar, Jharkhand, UP Poorest States In India: NITI Aayog's Poverty Index

Only a few days back, Chauhan had said (as quoted by Times of India), “Acclaimed sportspersons, including Arjuna awardees, will be given a pension of Rs 20,000 per month after retirement. Those who do well in the National Games will be given government jobs in 11 different departments.” Also Read - New Covid Variant: Uttar Pradesh Sounds Alert, Issues Fresh Guidelines For Foreign Returnees | Deets Inside

He had further said, “The government has big plans to promote sports. We plan to build a stadium in every subdivision of the state. We the help of central government, we will upgrade sports infrastructure even at the block level so that raw and young talent is promoted.” Also Read - Mathura Girl Raped in Moving Car on Way Back From Agra; 1 Arrested, Another Absconding

He had added, “Youngsters who belong to underprivileged backgrounds will be provided a government scholarship up to Rs 10,000 to motivate them. Currently, 68 districts in the state have stadiums and soon, the remaining seven districts will also have proper sports stadiums.”