PUNJAB CABINET GIVES IN-PRINCIPLE NOD TO SPORTS POLICY-2018 TO PROMOTE SPORTS & STRENGTHEN INFRASTRUCTURE
The Voice of Chandigarh News | Photos By T S Bedi
In a major initiative to promote sports among youth, the Punjab Cabinet led by Captain Amarinder Singh gave in-principle approval to the new Sports Policy-2018, authorizing the Chief Minister to decide on the matter of issuing separate guidelines for recruitment under the Sports quota.
Underlining the need to ‘catch them young’ to groom budding players, the Chief Minister said the state government was committed to continuing with 3% reservation in all jobs of state Government, as well as in 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.
The Cabinet also decided to enhance the existing amount of cash award to sportspersons in recognition of their outstanding performance at various national and international tournaments/championships.
In case of Olympic/Paralympics Games, held once in four years, the existing cash award of Rs.1.01 crore has been increased to Rs.1.50 crore for Silver medalists and Rs.51 lakh to Rs.1 crore for Bronze medalists, whereas the cash award of Rs.2.25 crore for Gold medalists remains unchanged.
In Asian/Para Asian Games held once in four years, the existing cash award of Rs.26 lakh has been enhanced to Rs.1 crore for Gold medal, Rs.16 lakh to Rs.75 lakh for Silver and Rs.11 lakh to Rs.50 lakh for Bronze medal. Similarly, in Official World Cup/Championship, held every four years, the existing cash prize has been increased from Rs.21 lakh to Rs.80 lakh for Gold medal, Rs.11 lakh to Rs.55 lakh for Silver and Rs.7 lakh to Rs.45 lakh for Bronze medal. In Commonwealth Games/Para Commonwealth Games, held once in four years, the sportsperson who clinches Gold medal would now get enhanced cash award of Rs. 75 lakh from the earlier Rs.16 lakh, Rs.50 lakh for Silver from existing Rs.11 lakh and Rs.40 lakh for Bronze from Rs.6 lakh.
Besides, the Gold medalist in World University Games/Championships would get cash award of Rs. 7 lakh, Rs.5 lakh for Silver and Rs.3 lakh for Bronze. The cash prize money for winning Gold medal in SAF Games/Afro Asian Games and National Games/Para National Games would be Rs.5 lakh, Rs. 3 lakh for Silver and Rs.2 lakh for Bronze.