New Delhi: Union Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday introduced an enhancement within the prize cash in 4 of the seven classes of the Nationwide Sports activities Awards.
Rijiju made this announcement on the event of the 115th delivery anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand, which can be celebrated as Nationwide Sports activities 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 have been earlier given Rs 5 lakh will now be given Rs 15 lakh as money prize; whereas Dhronacharya (Common) will likely be given Rs 10 lakh as an alternative of Rs 5 lakh per awardee. Dhyanchand awardees will likely be given Rs 10 lakh as an alternative of Rs 5 lakh.
Talking in regards to the choice, Rijiju mentioned, “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 yr in a digital ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The performance of our athletes in the international level has become better. When our players perform better, they have to be recognized and rewarded. If the government doesn’t recognise their achievements, it will discourage every budding sporting talent we have in India,” Rijiju mentioned 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.
In the meantime, the Sports activities Minister additionally defended his authorities’s choice to confer a file 74 Nationwide Sports activities Awards this yr, together with an unprecedented 5 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honours, a transfer which confronted extreme criticism from all quarters.
This yr, the Sports activities Ministry’s choice committee really helpful 5 athletes, together with star cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat amongst others for the Khel Ratna, whereas deciding on 27 for the Arjuna awards.
The ministry may even honour 13 coaches for the Dronacharya and 15 for Dhyan Chand awards.
The Sports activities Minister additional mentioned his ministry has no say in deciding the sports activities awards and the winners are chosen by an unbiased committee, headed by a former Supreme Courtroom decide.
“Secondly, there needs to be a correct course of through which you make a selection. For the sports activities awards, the committee was headed by a Supreme Courtroom decide and all of the famend individuals from the sphere of sports activities.
“After they take a name there may be intense deliberation, dialogue and there are set tips on the premise of which they’ve used their judgement,” he mentioned.
Rijiju additionally mentioned if any candidate missed out this yr, the sportsperson will likely be honoured subsequent yr.
“There might be disappointments on certain occasions but sports awards are not for one year. It is the cumulative performance of four years. So if any sports person is left out because of other contenders in the same category, it is rewarded next year,” he mentioned.
“The Minister doesn’t decide the awards, the Minister only gives the consent on behalf of the Govt but it is the technical committee which decides.”
Earlier at the moment, Rijiju paid floral tribute to the statue of hockey wizard Main Dhyan Chand on the Main Dhyan Chand Nationwide Stadium right here on the event of his 115th delivery anniversary, which is widely known because the Nationwide Sports activities Day.
Rijiju was joined by different dignitaries through the ceremony and he additionally took time to handle a Khelo India e-pathshala on the stadium.
“Today is a very important day for all of us, especially the sporting fraternity. Major Dhyan Chand’s three consecutive gold medals for India and his exemplary skills and determination makes every Indian proud,” Rijiju mentioned in an announcement issued by Sports activities Authority of India.
“On the occasion of this National Sports Day, the government confers the awards and I would like to congratulate all the award winners for the accolades and honours they have brought to India.”
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