Uttar Pradesh to felicitate CWG medal winners from state
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government will be soon honouring five sports persons from the state who won medals at the 21st Commonwealth Game, CWG 2018, held in Australia.
According to the official of the sports department of state, "The government has decided to honour the gold medallists with Rs 50 lakh each, while the silver and bronze medallists will get Rs 30 lakh each and Rs 15 lakh each respectively."
Medal winners will also get government jobs in various departments as per their eligibility, officials said.
It is worth mentioning that India has won a total of 66 medals -- 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze. Among the winners is Punam Yadav from Varanasi, who won a gold in weightlifting.
Sports Minister Chetan Chauhan said the state government was 'all for encouraging players, especially the new blood to take up sports as a profession.'
He added Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had asked him, some time ago, to do whatever was possible to promote sports in the state, especially in the countryside, where there is a lot of talent pool but very little facilities.
Chauhan also said every sportsperson from the state, who had participated in the CWG games will also be given Rs 5 lakh each.
Under the sports quota, there are 11 departments in the state government and when vacancies arise, these players and athletes will be assimilated into government jobs, officials added.
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