Punjab will increase incentives for winners

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14

Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi immediately introduced that Punjab’s sportspersons who win the nationwide lifetime achievement award shall be mechanically eligible for the state’s highest sporting honour, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award.

He made the announcement after honouring the Punjab sportspersons who have been not too long ago embellished with the nationwide sports activities awards. Hockey star Akashdeep Singh received the Arjuna Award, whereas Kuldeep Singh Bhullar (athletics), Ajit Singh (hockey), Manpreet Singh (kabaddi), Manjit Singh (rowing), Sukhwinder Singh (soccer) and Lakha Singh (boxing) got the Major Dhyan Chand Award. Colonel Sarfaraz Singh was given the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.

Entitlement of awards

Sodhi mentioned the sports activities coverage of 2018 will now cowl winners of all nationwide sports activities awards, together with Dhyan Chand and Dronacharya Awards. He mentioned those that win the lifetime achievement award (Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Award) could be mechanically thought of eligible for the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Awards.

No cap on pensions

He additionally introduced that there could be no annual earnings restrict on the pension given to veteran sportspersons. “Whatever the annual income of the veteran player, he will continue to be entitled to a pension,” he mentioned.

“The state government has also in principle decided to create separate quota for sportspersons in government jobs. We are continuing with 3% reservation in all jobs of state government, its boards, corporations, cooperative/statutory bodies and local authorities for graded sportspersons who are residents of Punjab and have represented the state at national level,” mentioned Sodhi.

Job for pugilist Lakha

The Sports Minister introduced that boxer Lakha Singh, an Asian Games medallist and an Olympian, at current eking out a livelihood by driving a taxi, will get a authorities job. “I have discussed the matter with the Director Sports and decided that Lakha Singh will be recruited in the Sports Department very soon,” mentioned the Sports Minister.

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