The Haryana government has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the state government budget for giving cash awards to sportspersons was exhausted on winners of medals in competitions such as Commonwealth Games, thus award money could not be disbursed to student medalists of national, international and state level championships.
The government’s explanation came in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by high court lawyer HC Arora, seeking issuance of directions to the state government to release cash awards to winners of medals of state and national level championships.
Additional director (administration), department of sports and youth affairs, OP Sharma, has submitted before the Punjab and Haryana high court that Haryana government’s budget for giving cash awards to sportspersons was exhausted on winners of medals of Commonwealth Games etc.
The proposal for giving awards to medal winners was pending for approval of authorities and such cash awards would be distributed to the students after approval. The government has conceded the averments of the petitioner that Sudesh, Poonam, Ritu and Sheetal of Kaithal had won medals in national and state level school games and are entitled to cash awards.
As per Sports Policy-2009, these students are entitled to cash awards of Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 7,000 for gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.