Friday, June 18, 2021

2,339 sportspersons, deprived of prize money during previous govt, to be given cash prizes soon: Rana Sodhi

Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi on Wednesday announced that around twenty four hundred sportspersons, who were deprived of prize money during the tenure of the previous government, would be given cash prizes within next two months. And, the winners of national and international acclaim, who brought laurels between the year 2017 to till date will also be accorded with cash prizes.

During a high level meeting with top brass of the Sports department and District Sports Officers of the state here, Rana Sodhi asked the officials to prepare lists for distribution of prizes in phased manner. The Cabinet Minister said that the department has enough funds for the distribution of prize money to the beneficiaries, including 2339 national and international level sportspersons from the year 2007 to 2015 and the process to distribute cash prizes to these players will be initiated soon.

Directing the District Sports Officers to ensure strict adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Union Health Ministry, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Punjab Health Department regarding the resumption of sports activities in the state, Rana Sodhi said that RT-PCR tests are mandatory for players and thermal scanning must be arranged at stadium entrances. In addition to this, the training program should be conducted in a staggered manner instead of the presence of all the players at the same time. He said that disinfection of stadiums should be ensured after every training session. “The District Sports Officers will be responsible for implementation of these Standard Operating Procedures”, he added.

MUST READ  Milkfed expanded capacities even during COVID: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

The Sports Minister asked all the District Sports Officers, if any sportsperson desirous to participate in international level competitions and need financial help, he could contact concerned District Sports Officer for monetary and logistic support, adding that the department strives to ensure that no talented player is deprived of participating in competitions sans financial or sports equipment.

MUST READ  ‘Mission Tandarust Punjab’ to work on different sub-missions for overall betterment

Rana Sodhi categorically emphasized that in every stadium, life-size pictures of great players displaying their sports achievements would be exhibited in every stadium to encourage and motivate the budding players. In addition, booklets exhibiting salient features of the Punjab Sports Policy such as cash prizes, reservation for sportspersons in government jobs and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Awards etc. would be disbursed in schools to motivate the youth towards sports.

MUST READ  Varun Dhawan, Neetu Kapoor test COVID positive in Chandigarh: Reports

During the meeting, Principal Secretary Sports Mr. K. Siva Prasad and Director Sports Mr. D.P.S. Kharbanda explained in detail about the criteria set by the sports department for resuming training activities and listened to the problems being faced by the DSOs. They said, consent letter should be obtained from the players or their parents pertaining to the participation in the training sessions and asked to ensure the ‘Arogya Setu’ app in players’ mobile phones to keep them protected from COVID-19.

Joint Secretary Sports Council Kartar Singh and all the District sports officers were present during the meeting.

Latest news

CBSE goes with 30:30:40 formula for Class XII students

Ending uncertainty over the method of calculating marks or grades of Class XII students following cancellation of their examinations due to Covid, the Supreme...

US Supreme Court rejects challenge to Obamacare for the third time

The US Supreme Court has rejected a Trump-backed challenge by Republican-led states to former President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. Despite the court's conservative tilt, its...

Masks mandatory on Sydney public transport for next 5 days

Masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for the next five days after a new local COVID 19 case was linked to...

Related news

CBSE goes with 30:30:40 formula for Class XII students

Ending uncertainty over the method of calculating marks or grades of Class XII students following cancellation of their examinations due to Covid, the Supreme...

US Supreme Court rejects challenge to Obamacare for the third time

The US Supreme Court has rejected a Trump-backed challenge by Republican-led states to former President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. Despite the court's conservative tilt, its...

Masks mandatory on Sydney public transport for next 5 days

Masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for the next five days after a new local COVID 19 case was linked to...

Heavy ban on Tevita Pangai Jnr for crusher tackle

Brisbane's Tevita Pangai Jnr is facing a minimum three-week ban for a crusher tackle last night. The NRL's match review committee handed a grade one...

China launches first 3-member crew to new space station

China has launched three astronauts into orbit to begin occupation of the country's new space station. The three men - Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and...

Power supply shortage expected in Melbourne’s east due to storm damage

Victorians hit by damaging storms are facing a fresh blow, with 3000 residents of the Dandenong Ranges told they could be without power for...

Two Sydney homes damaged by Molotov cocktails

Two Sydney homes have been damaged by fire after being attacked with Molotov cocktails overnight. Emergency services were called to the first home on Aspinall...

Three coronavirus cases diagnosed in Sydney

A 70-year-old woman who attended the same café as a coronavirus-infected Sydney man has also tested positive. The woman attended the Belle Café in Vaucluse,...