CWG 2014: Haryana govt raises cash award for medal winners

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 07, 2014, 19:14 PM IST

Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Thursday increased the cash award for the medal winners of Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, besides appointing shooter Anisa Sayyed for the post of Assistant Director in the Sports Department of the State.

The government has also increased the cash awards for medallists in Asian Masters Athletics Championship and World Masters Athletic Championships.

A decision to this effect was taken by the state cabinet, which met here under the chairmanship of Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Chief Minister of Haryana.

Giving details after the meetings, Hooda told reporters that the cash award for medal winners of Asian Games has been increased from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 2 crore for gold medallist, from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 1 crore for silver medallists and Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh for bronze medal winners.

"For Commonwealth Games, cash award has been increased for gold medal from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 1 crore, silver from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh and bronze Rs 5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh," Hooda added.

Hooda informed that it was also decided to offer Anisa Sayyed an appointment for the post of Assistant Director in the Sports Department in view of her consistent performances at the international events.

He also announced cash award of Rs 62.50 lakh to Gagan Narang for his achievements in the Commonwealth Games, in relaxation of the Sports Policy of the State.

The cash award for medal winners of Asian Masters Athletics Championship and World Masters Athletic Championships has also been increased for gold medal from Rs 35,000 to Rs 70,000, silver from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 and bronze from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000.

"The cabinet has also approved to double the cash award for medal winners of National School Games, All India Inter School Sports contest, National Women`s Sports Festival, National Masters Athletics Championships, All India Rural Sports competition and Special Olympics for intellectually disabled sportspersons," said Hooda.

"Under which gold medal winners would get Rs 30,000 instead of Rs 15,000; silver medal winners Rs 20,000 instead of Rs 10,000 and bronze medallists Rs 14,000 instead of Rs 7,000," the Chief Minister added.

The Cabinet also enhanced the amount of cash awards in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games for the participants under the Sports Policy of the State from Rs two lakh to Rs five lakh.