Haryana CM announces cash award for Mount Everest scaler

Updated: Jun 02, 2010, 22:00 PM IST

Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder
Singh Hooda has announced a cash award of Rs 21 lakh for
mountaineer Mamta Sodha who had scaled the Mount Everest

Earlier, the Haryana Chief Minister had also given
financial assistance of Rs three lakh for Mamta`s expedition,
as she hailed from a poor family from Kaithal district of the

Mamata along with her family members met the Chief
Minister at Delhi today, an official release said here.

She was given warm welcome at Delhi airport on her
arrival by the Haryana Government. Chief parliamentary
secretary Jaiveer Balmiki and senior officers of Haryana
sports department received her at the airport.

The Chief Minister congratulated Mamta on her achievement
and said she has made the country proud with her feat.

"She has not only won laurels for the state, but has also
made the country proud," Hooda said.

Narrating her Everest expedition experience, Mamta told
the Chief Minister that the expedition was very difficult and
she could achieve it only because of her mental and physical