Khel Ratna awardees to obtain Rs 25 lakh; Rs 15 lakh for Arjuna awardees

New Delhi, August 29

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday introduced an enhancement within the prize cash in 4 of the seven classes of the National Sports Awards.

Rijiju made this announcement on the event of the 115th beginning anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand, which can be celebrated as National Sports Day.

The prize cash for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award has been elevated to Rs 25 lakh from the earlier quantity of Rs 7.5 lakh; Arjuna Award has been enhanced to Rs 15 lakh from Rs 5 lakh; the Dhronacharya (Lifetime) awardees, who had been earlier given Rs 5 lakh will now be given Rs 15 lakh as money prize; whereas Dhronacharya (Regular) can be given Rs 10 lakh as an alternative of Rs 5 lakh per awardee. Dhyanchand awardees can be given Rs 10 lakh as an alternative of Rs 5 lakh.

Speaking in regards to the choice, Rijiju stated: “The prize money for the Sports Awards was last reviewed in 2008. These amounts should be reviewed once every 10 years at least. If professionals in every field have seen an enhancement in their earnings, why not our sportspersons?”

A complete of 74 awards are being given in seven classes this 12 months in a digital ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The performance of our athletes at the international level has become better. When our players perform better, they have to be recognised and rewarded. If the government doesn’t recognise their achievements, it will discourage every budding sporting talent we have in India,” Rijiju stated earlier within the day.

“So, compared to the previous years, the performances of the Indian athletes have gone up considerably and as a result, the number of award winners has also gone up,” he added.

The Sports Ministry had earlier introduced Rani Rampal, Vinesh Phogat, Manika Batra, Rohit Sharma and Mariyappan Thangavelu as 5 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna winners and 27 different sportspersons for the Arjuna Award. IANS

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