New Delhi: Commonwealth Games Media Committee
chairman Tarlochan Singh has demanded Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to honour Organising Committee members in recognition of
hosting the CWG last October.
In a letter to the PM, Tarlochan, a former Member of
Parliament, said special national awards should be instituted
for the organisers of the Games in the line of similar honour
conferred after the 1982 Asiad here.
"It is a request that you may consider to institute
Commonwealth Award following the lead given by Smt Indira
Gandhi. Government should highlight the glorious part of the
Games," he wrote in the letter.
"I may further add that some members of the Organising
Committee and the President of the Indian Olympic Association
were given Padma Bhushan/Padma Shree awards," he said.
Tarlochan, former chairman of National Commission for
Minorities, said that the Delhi Commonwealth Games had earned
praise from all participating nations and the organisers
deserved to be conferred awards.
"The Commonwealth Games 2010 were not only the first ever
in our country but these were conducted in such a manner that
all the participating nations had praised India for such
magnificent arrangements. India won the largest number of
medals since the inception of these Games and even beaten
England in medal tally.
"Smt Gandhi instituted a special National Award soon
after the 9th Asian Games in New Delhi in November 1982. This
award was of two categories on the line of Padma Awards was
named as Asiad Vashisht Jyoti Award and Asiad Jyoti Award. The
Awards were given to selected persons who were part of the
Organising Committee at a glittering ceremony at the
Rashtrapati Bhawan by the President of India," he said in the