New Delhi: While politicians rush to honor medal winners at international events by offering them government jobs and multi-crore cash prizes, there have been instances where they have been called out for not keeping promises.
The latest allegation was leveled against the Punjab government by a specially-abled chess player from the state. Malika Handa, who won one gold and two silver medals at the World Deaf Chess Championship, on Sunday said she was informed that the state government cannot give her jobs and cash rewards as the government has no such policy. Deaf game.
Ms Handa said Punjab Sports Minister Pargat Singh told her “categorically” that the promise was made by the minister in the previous government and that the present government could do “nothing” about it. He also said that his five years were wasted.
“I feel very sad. On 31st December I met the sports minister of Punjab, now he said that Punjab government cannot give jobs nor accept cash awards (deaf sports) as they have policy for deaf sports No. Former sports minister has announced cash award for me I also have invitation letter in which I was invited but was canceled due to covid. When I presented this to Sports Minister @PargatSingh He clearly said it was the former minister I didn’t announce and the government can’t (sic),,” Ms Handa tweeted on Sunday.
According to Ms. Handa, the former sports minister of Punjab had announced a cash award for her.
i feel so hurt
31st December I met the Sports Minister of Punjab @PargatSOofficial
Now he said that the Punjab government cannot give jobs nor accept cash prizes (deaf sports) as they do not have a policy for deaf sports.
CC: @charanjeetchanni@serryontopp@Rahul Gandhi@ Taljeet@ANIpic.twitter.com/DrZ97mtSNH
– Malaika Handa????????? (@malikahanda) 2 January 2022
“I am only asking why it was announced. My time is wasted 5 years on Congress government. They make fool of me.. Don’t care about the game of deaf. District Congress supports me that told, Promised me after 5 years that nothing is there now. Why is the Punjab government doing this? (sic)” he added.
This is not the first time that players have aired their grievances against state leaders on social media.
In 2019, Twitter saw a war of words between Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij and ace shooter Manu Bhaker over a promised cash reward.
The controversy started with a tweet by the 16-year-old, who wondered whether Mr. Vij really wanted to honor his promise of giving him a cash reward of ₹2 crore for winning the Youth Olympic Games-2018. His post contained a screenshot from the politician’s Twitter handle and a simple question: “Sir, please confirm if this is true… or just a jumla (false promise)…”
The screenshot shows Mr Vij announcing that the BJP-led administration of Haryana will give a cash prize of ₹2 crore to the player, as opposed to monetary awards of ₹10 lakh given by previous governments.
Ms Bhaker has made her mark in shooting ranges across the world by winning multiple golds at the ISSF World Cup and Commonwealth Games, in addition to the top prize at the Youth Olympics last October. She hails from Goria village of Jhajjar.
In 2018, players locked horns with the Haryana government over a controversial order requiring them to deposit a third of their income from professional sports or commercial advertisements with the state sports council. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar later suspended the order.
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