During the prize distribution ceremony at Rajiv Gandhi Sports Stadium on Tuesday, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced that the winner and runner-up of the 'Bharat-Kesri' wrestling event would be given the job of inspector and sub-inspector respectively in the Haryana Police.
Sumit Kumar, a resident of Karor village of Rohtak district, emerged as the top wrestler and walked away with the Rs 21 lakh prize money. Satyavart Kumar, a resident of Dubalandhan of Jhajjar district, who stood second, bagged Rs 11 lakh, while wrestler Satender Kumar, who stood third, pocketed Rs 6 lakh. Joginder, who stood fourth, received Rs 4 lakh.
Elaborate security arrangements were in place at the venue. Rohtak range, IGP, Anil Kumar Rao, was personally looking after the security arrangements.
Former member of Parliament from Bihar and vice-chancellor Ramji Singh said that materialistic growth sans moral values would not take society forward.
He was addressing a gathering during a programme organised by Haryana Yuva Shakti and Maharishi Dayanand University at the varsity's Tagore auditorium here, in which Ramji Singh was felicitated with Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Rastriya Gaurav Award by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Prominent among those present were Rajya Sabha MP Shadi Lal Batra, education minister Geeta Bhukkal, Rohtak MLA BB Batra and MDU vice-chancellor HS Chahal.
Ramji expressed grief over the instances of honour killings in the state and sought some steps to limit the availability of liquor, which, he said, was the root cause of most of the ills prevailing in society.
Dr Deepak Lama from Canada was feliciated with international award for harmony and peace and he got Rs 1 lakh in cash and a citation. K Sukumaran, a social activist from Kerela, was conferred with Rastriya Gaurav Award, while former personal security officer of the chief minister and Sonepat superintendent of police Arun Singh Nehra received the Jan Sewa Award. Dharmender Bhai and Naresh Wadgaonkar were given Dr SN Suba Rao Yuva Sewa Puruskar.
CM's busy schedule
Earlier at the Tagore auditorium, noted Gandhian SN Subba Rao expressed his willingness to sing a patriotic song in 18 languages. He, however, couldn't do so as chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was to participate in another programme at Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex. The organisers appeared divided as one camp wanted the CM to spend some more time, while other wanted him to leave.