For medal winners from Haryana in the recently concluded New Delhi
Commonwealth Games, it is raining cash, cars, mobile phones and
even many kilograms of ghee.
The Haryana government has decided to shower the largesse upon
sportspersons from the state who won medals for the country in the
mega sporting event in October, a state government spokesman said
The cash rewards and gifts will be handed over to the players at a
public ceremony Nov 1 to mark Haryana Day - the state was created
Nov 1, 1966 - at the Moti Lal Nehru Sports School, Rai near
Sonepat town, 200 km from here.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will honour the gold
medal winning players with cash rewards of Rs.1.5 million (15 lakh),
Maruti SX-4 car, Nokia phone and 101 kg desi ghee each.
Silver medal winners will be awarded cash prize of Rs.1 million
(10 lakh), Maruti Dzire car, Nokia mobile phone and 51 kg desi
ghee each. The bronze medallists would be given Rs.500,000 (5 lakh),
Maruti Wagon-R car, Nokia cell phone and 31 kg desi ghee each.
Haryana players accounted for 32 medals out of India's tally of
101 medals at the Commonwealth Games.
The coaches of the medal-winning Haryana players will also be
honoured with cash prizes. They will get Rs.300,000, Rs.200,000
and Rs.100,000 for gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively,
won by their trainees.
Players from the state who represented the country in the Games
but could not win any medals would also be honoured with
Rs.200,000 (2 lakh) cash reward each.
The medal winning players being honoured include Saina Nehwal,
Gagan Narang, Krishna Poonia, Anisa Sayyad, Annu Raj Singh, Anita,
Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Manoj, Paramjeet Samota and Vijender
Players like Saina Nehwal, Gagan Narang, Sushil Kumar and Krishna
Poonia, who do not directly belong to Haryana but have their
family roots in the state, are being honoured with the same
privileges as other medal winners.
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