by sportswire4u.blogspot.com (Balbir)
CHANDIGARH, AUG 31
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has congratulated Prashant Karmakar and Sanjay Phogat for receiving the prestigious Arjuna Award and Gagan Narang for receiving the esteemed Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Puruskar. The three talented sportspersons of Haryana were honoured with these Awards by the President yesterday.
Prashant Karmakar who is working as Sub-Inspector in the Haryana Police and Sanjay Phogat, working as Manager in HSIIDC had called on the Chief Minister at his residence here today. Earlier, another recipient of Arjuna Award, DSP, Haryana Police, Ravindra Sangwan, who is a well known wrestler, had met the Chief Minister in Delhi.
Expressing their gratitude towards the incentives being provided by the State Government which enabled the players to achieve such stupendous success, they said that the Sports Policy of Haryana, implemented under the guidance of Hooda, was being appreciated in the entire nation. They said that no other state in the country was offering any kind of incentives to their Arjuna Award winners, whereas, in Haryana such players were given a sum of Rs. 5000 per month as honorarium.
Applauding the players, Mr. Hooda said that this achievement was only due to their dedication and hard work and added that the State was extremely proud of its players.Speaking on the occasion the Para Olympic swimmer and Arjuna award winner Prashant Karmakar said that the sports policy of the state had gone a long way in boosting the moral of the players and inspiring them to work hard. Stating that he was probably the first physically challenged player who had been appointed in Police Department on the post of Sub Inspector in the State, he felt that this honour was equivalent to that of winning the Arjuna Award. The fact that Haryana government had made no discrimination in treating para-athletes at par with normal sports persons was a shining example in the entire country, he said.
Arjuna Award winner and volleyball player Sanjay Phogat highlighted the fact that the Chief Minister was himself a sports person and that was perhaps why he was able to relate to the needs of the sports persons and appreciate their hard work. Receiving the Arjuna Award for him, he said that had been the fulfillment of a dream. He added that earlier vCMolleyball players in the state had been honoured with Arjuna award in the years 1991 and 2001.