Rs 1 crore award for shooter Rahi Sarnobat

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2013, 19:22 PM IST

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Thursday announced cash award of Rs 1 crore to markswoman Rahi Sarnobat, who became the first pistol shooter from India to win a gold medal in the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) World Cup, held in South Korea.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said in the legislative council that there is also a proposal to give her a Grade-I job in the state government.

"She has made all of us proud and her success will also encourage other sportspersons," Chavan said in the Upper House.

Sports Minister Padmakar Valvi said that Sarnobat would be given the award of Rs 1 crore within 15 days.

Sarnobat, the 22-year-old from Kolhapur, pipped Korean girl Kyeongae Kim 8-6 in the final of the 25m sports pistol event at Changwon, Korea.