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Govt has crores for film stars, none for players

Once again, the World Cup Kabaddi will kick off with an opening ceremony studded with Bollywood stars. For the fifth edition of the cup (from December 6 to 20), the Punjab government is spending a whopping amount of Rs 4.5 crore, only at the opening and closing ceremonies and has also hired an event management company, Ferriswheel, for this.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 05, 2014 08:03 IST
Saurabh Duggal

Once again, the World Cup Kabaddi will kick off with an opening ceremony studded with Bollywood stars.

For the fifth edition of the cup (from December 6 to 20), the Punjab government is spending a whopping amount of Rs 4.5 crore, only at the opening and closing ceremonies and has also hired an event management company, Ferriswheel, for this.

But when it comes to cash awards for sportspersons who have made the state proud in various national and international championships, the government has failed to give them their due for the past four years.

Ironically, every year, the state sports department’s excuse is shortage of funds while for kabaddi, they have crores to give to cine stars to perform at the ceremonies.

As per the new state sports policy that got the cabinet’s nod in October 2010, the government has increased the cash awards for national and international medal winners.

However, since February 2011, no sportspersons has received the promised cash award for making the state proud.

The prize for winning first three positions in the National Games was raised to Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively.

However, the winners of the last games in Ranchi (2011) still await their incentive, while the next edition of the games is ready to kick off in January.

“The sports department has the complete data of national and international medal winners of the last four years. So, whenever the government decides and releases the funds, we will distribute the money,” says Punjab sports department director TS Dhaliwal.

It seems the government is only interested in spending money that gives them mileage.

In the last four years, the government has honoured only the medal winners of the 2014 Commonwealth and Asian Games during a function held in Chandigarh last month while the count for other national and international medal winners, who are waiting for their due since February 2011, will add up to around 1,000.

When asked about the expected time of releasing the pending cash awards, Dhaliwal said, “Right now we are busy with the World Cup Kabaddi. We will take up the mater only after the event.”