Haryana sports minister Anil Vij on Sunday rejected Sakshi Malik’s claim that the state government was yet to honour its “promises” made to her for winning an Olympics bronze medal.
The minister alleged that some people might have “prevailed upon” her to tweet in which she raised questions about the Haryana government’s commitment towards fulfilling its promises.
“We gave a cheque of Rs. 2.5 crore the day she landed in India (after the Olympics event),” Vij said on Sunday.
“Regarding the issue of job, she had a unique demand. She had sought job at Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU) in Rohtak. But it takes time to complete the whole process. We have taken all the approval and MDU has also framed rules and she will be appointed Director Sports at MDU,” the minister said.
The minister also said the athlete would be given an appointment letter within 3-4 days and added that she knows it very well.
With regard to the issue related to rewarding her coach, the minister said that the state government had asked the Olympics bronze medallist wrestler to give a name of one coach for giving him the reward.
“She had given names of 3-4 coaches from whom she got training. But we asked her give us one name with affidavit and we will give him the award. But that has not been given yet. We cannot give award to all the coaches,” Vij asserted.
Vij further claimed that Malik has not yet applied with Haryana Urban Development Authority to get plot at concessional rate. The state government offers a plot to International sportsperson at concessional rate.
The minister also said that the government approved a sum of Rs 80 lakh for installing air conditioning system in the stadium where she took training for wrestling.
The minister said he had even apprised about all these issues to her parents who met him a week ago.
“Some people may have prevailed upon her to write in this manner,” Vij claimed.