Haryana sports minister Anil Vij on Sunday rejected Sakshi Malik’s claim that the state government was yet to honour its “promises” made to her for winning an Olympics bronze medal.
The minister alleged that some people might have “prevailed upon” her to tweet in which she raised questions about the Haryana government’s commitment towards fulfilling its promises.
“We gave a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore the day she landed in India (after the Olympics event),” Vij said.
“Regarding the issue of job, she had a unique demand. She had sought job at Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU) in Rohtak. But it takes time to complete the whole process. We have taken all the approval and MDU has also framed rules and she will be appointed Director Sports at MDU,” the minister said.
The minister also said the athlete would be given an appointment letter within three to four days and added that she was aware of this.
With regard to the issue related to rewarding her coach, the minister said that the state government had asked the Olympics bronze medallist wrestler to give a name of one coach for giving him the reward.
“She had given names of 3-4 coaches from whom she got training. But we asked her give us one name with affidavit and we will give him the award. But that has not been given yet. We cannot give award to all the coaches,” Vij asserted.
The young wrestler had claimed that she had not yet received the incentives promised to her by the state government for winning the bronze medal at the Rio Games.
“Medal ka vada maine pura kiya, Haryana sarkar apna vada kab pura karegi? (I fulfilled my promise of winning an Olympic medal for the country, when will Haryana government fulfil its promise?),” Sakshi posted on Twitter.
“Announcements made by Haryana Government after my OLYMPIC MEDAL win were for MEDIA ONLY ?,” she also posted.
Among the incentives offered is a lot of land which the state government gives to sportspeople of international calibre at concessional rates.
In his counter, Vij claimed that Malik had not yet applied with Haryana Urban Development Authority to get a plot.
The minister also said that the government approved a sum of Rs 80 lakh for installing air conditioning system in the stadium where she trained.
“Sports politics is deeper than our real politics and we do not understand that,” he said.