Cash awards to medal-winning sportspersons within 2 months

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 26, 2015 23:00 IST

The Punjab government on Wednesday told the Punjab and Haryana high court that it would hand over cash awards to all remaining medal-winner sportspersons, covered under the Sports Policy of 2007, within two months.

Additional advocate general Gaurav Garg Dhuriwala gave an undertaking in this before the division bench comprising justice SK Mittal and justice MS Chauhan.

The response came on the public interest litigation of HC Arora, an advocate seeking issuance of directions to Punjab to release cash awards to all sportspersons, who brought medals in competitions held at different levels as per the sports policy.

Following the submissions from the state, the petition has been disposed of, having been rendered infructuous.

The court was told that the government had given cash awards only to 295 medal winners amounting to `8.85 crore, whereas more than 700 such medalists were waiting monetary awards.

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