Chandigarh, December 26

Jagmati Sangwan, a recipient of the state’s highest sports activities honour Bhim Award, has alleged that the brand new pension scheme introduced by the Khattar authorities for sports activities awardees was extra of a bribe than an honour.

“The rise in pension was a long-pending demand. Why now when farmers are protesting towards the Centre’s new farm legal guidelines? The timing of the announcement raises query. It’s a bribe to sportspersons in order that they don’t increase their voice towards the ‘anti-farmer’ insurance policies of the Centre,” she stated on Saturday.

CM Manohar Lal Khattar had, on Friday, introduced that the month-to-month pension for Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees could be elevated from Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 from subsequent month.

Why the transfer now?

The hike in pension was a long-pending demand. Why now when farmers are protesting towards the farm legal guidelines? The timing of the announcement raises query. —Jagmati Sangwan, Social Activist

“After sportspersons from Punjab introduced that they might return their awards in protest towards the farm legal guidelines, it was pure that Haryana sportspersons would observe swimsuit. Ever since boxer Vijender Singh and kabaddi coach Ashan Singh Sangwan stated they might return their awards, the hovernment has been perturbed,” stated Sangwan, who can also be a social activist.

The federal government has additionally began a month-to-month allowance of Rs 5,000 for Bhim awardees and Rs 20,000 for winners of Tenzing Norgay Nationwide Journey Award.

There are 80 Arjuna, 15 Dronacharya, 9 Dhyan Chand and three Journey awardees within the state.

She known as upon sportspersons to refuse the advantages. “We can’t overlook that the highway to sporting awards and honours runs via farms,” Sangwan added. — TNS



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