Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday announced a cash award of Rs two crore for the players of the state who would be bagging the Gold Medal in Tokyo Olympics.
The Chief Minister while interacting with archers Deepika Kumari, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhagat, coach Purnima Mahato and hockey players Nikki Pradhan and Salima Tete said that providing world-class facilities to the players of the state is the priority of the government. The players of Jharkhand state have shown their talents all over the world he said adding that provisions have been made to give incentive to the promising players of the state on winning medals.
The government is keeping a close watch so that the players of the state do not face any problem he said adding that the government is constantly trying to speed up the pace of the players here.
He announced prize money of Rs 2 crore to the sportspersons who will win gold medals, Rs 1 crore to the players who will bag silver medals and Rs 75 lakhs to the players bagging bronze medals.
He said that Archery players Deepika Kumari will be given prize money of Rs 50 lakh, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhagat Rs 20 lakh each.
Chief Minister Hemant Soren has decided to award Rs 50 lakh to Deepika Kumari for winning the gold medal for the country in the Archery World Cup held in Paris and participating in the Tokyo Olympics and winning the gold medal in the recurve team event in the World Cup Archery. He also announced that Ankita Bhagat and Komolika Bari will get prize money of Rs 20 lakh each. The Chief Minister also announced a reward of Rs 12 lakh to coach Purnima Mahato.
The Chief Minister said that an incentive amount of Rs 5 lakh is being given by the government to the players of the state only if they become Olympic participants. Hockey players Nikki Pradhan and Salima Tete, who were selected from Jharkhand to represent the Indian hockey team in the Olympics starting from July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, will also be given an incentive amount of Rs 5 lakh each. The Chief Minister said that all the players and coaches playing outside the country would be insured for Rs 15 lakh, the premium of which would be paid by the government.
While congratulating Deepika Kumari and her husband Atanu Das, the Chief Minister said that winning gold medal in Archery World Cup is a matter of pride for the country. The Chief Minister said that Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhagat and Komolika Bari have brought laurels to the country along with the state and added that the daughters of Jharkhand have raised the prestige of the country in the world.
The Chief Minister said that the new sports policy prepared by the state government will take the sportspersons of the state further. The Chief Minister said that it is the endeavor of the State Government to equip the players of the state with modern resources to enable them to prepare at par with other developed countries.