Haryana’s controversial sports minister Anil Vij on Sunday rejected wrestler Sakshi Malik’s claim that the state government was yet to honour its “promises” made to her for winning an Olympics bronze medal last year.
Vij said some people might have “prevailed upon” Malik to tweet raising questions about the state government’s commitment.
“We gave a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore the day she landed in India (after the Olympics event),” Vij said.
Soon after, the 24-year-old Malik thanked him on Twitter.
Here’s what the Haryana government promised Malik, and their status:
Rs 2.5 crore cash prize as per state’s sports policy
Status: Cheque given
PROMISE OF JOB
Post of wrestling director at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Status: Pending. Sports minister Anil Vij says it requires the creation of a new post.
Promotion of Malik’s mother, Sudesh, from an anganwadi supervisor to a child development project officer
Status: Pending. No explanation given
REWARD FOR COACH
Rs 10 lakh cash award to coach
Status: Pending. Vij says Malik has to pick one from her three-four coaches for the reward
500 sq yards of government land at concessional rate was to be given to Malik.
Status: Pending. Sports minister says the wrestler hasn’t yet applied for it.
Haryana sportspersons back Malik
Sakshi has found support from two famous athletes of the state – wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, an Olympic medallist, and boxer Akhil Kumar.
“Haryana’s sports policy is the best in the country. Haryana has contributed an Olympic medal for India, so Sakshi Malik must get her deserved dues,” Dutt said.
Kumar said, “Sometimes delays happen due to government formalities and procedures. But be assured, whatever government announces, it delivers. I’m hopeful that Sakshi Malik’s posts may fast track the procedures from now.”
(With inputs from ANI)