Manu Bhaker takes dig at Haryana govt, reminds Anil Vij of cash prize promise

Manu Bhaker Anil Vij

New Delhi, Jan 5: Manu Bhaker took a dig at Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij in a series of tweets on Saturday. She asked him to confirm if she will get Rs 2 crore as prize money that was promised to her for winning a gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympics.

The pistol shooter, hailing from Goria village in Jhajjar, posted screenshots of Vij’s tweet in which he had promised her cash award to the tune of Rs 2 crore on behalf of the state government.

On the defensive, Anil Avij tweeted that Bhaker should have come to the sports department before going public. at that time,” he said in a tweet.

He further went on to add that the 16-year-old shooter should apologise for her actions.

Bhaker also felt that someone in the Haryana government has been playing “games” with the money that was to be awarded to the medallists.

After Vij’s tweet, Bhaker said that, “Initially it was 10 lakh, then Anil Vij made it 2 crore, I had made plans what investments I am going to make for practice, I felt weird when they reduced it by 1 crore, It’s a really good thing now that he has made it 2 crore again”.

As per the state government’s changed policy, which came into effect before the Youth Olympics, Rs 2 crore was marked for the gold medallists, Rs 1.25 crore for silver medallists and Rs 80 lakh for the bronze winners. Before that, the YOG medallists would get Rs 10 lakh, Rs 7.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh in descending order.

However, the government again revised its policy last December and brought the amount down to Rs 1 crore for gold, Rs 65 lakh for silver and Rs 40 lakh for the bronze medallists.


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