Specially skilled chess player Malika Handa accuses Punjab politicians of false promise on work and cash reward

Malika Handa won a gold and two silver medals at the World Chess Championships for the Deaf.

New Delhi:

As politicians rush to honor sportsmen for winning medals at international events, offering them government jobs and multi-million dollar cash awards, there have been cases where they have been called to break their promises.

The latest accusation was leveled against the government of Punjab by a specially licensed state chess player. Malika Handa, who won a gold and two silver at the World Deaf Chess Championships, said on Sunday that she was told the state government could not give her a job and a cash reward because the government does not have such a policy for deaf sports.

Ms Handa said she had been “clearly” informed by Punjab Sports Minister Pargat Singh that the promise was made by the minister of the previous government and that the current government “can do nothing about it”. She also added that her five years were wasted.

“I feel very hurt. On December 31, I met the Punjab Sports Minister. Now he said that the Punjab government cannot give jobs and not accept cash rewards to (sports deaf) because they did not have a policy for deaf sports. The former Minister of Sports announced prize money for me I also have an invitation letter in which I was invited but has was canceled due to covid. This thing when I said introduce sports minister @pargat singh he made it clear that this was the ex minister that I didn’t announce and the government can’t do (sic), ”Ms Handa tweeted on Sunday.

According to Ms Handa, the former Punjab sports minister announced a cash award for her.

“I’m just asking why this was announced. My time wasted 5 years with the Congressional government. They are cheating on me… no matter what deaf sports. The District Congress all told me that the support, promised me after 5 years that it is nothing now. Why why is the government of Punjab doing this? (sic) “, she added.

This is not the first time that athletes have expressed their grievances against heads of state on social networks.

In 2019, Twitter witnessed an unseemly war of words between Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij and sniper Manu Bhaker over a promised cash reward.

The controversy was sparked by a tweet from the 16-year-old sportswoman, who questioned whether Mr. Vij really intended to honor his promise to give her a ₹ 2 crore cash reward for winning the Olympic Games in Youth-2018. His post contained screenshots of the politician’s Twitter account and a simple request: “Sir, please confirm if this is correct … Or just Jumla (false promise) …”

The screenshots showed Mr Vij announcing that the BJP-led administration of Haryana would grant the athlete a cash prize of ₹ 2 crore, as opposed to monetary rewards of ₹ 10 lakh given by previous governments.

Ms. Bhaker has made her mark on shooting ranges around the world, winning multiple gold medals at the ISSF World Cup and Commonwealth Games, in addition to first prize at the Youth Olympic Games last October. She is from the village of Goria in Jhajjar.

In 2018, athletes reached an agreement with the Haryana government over a controversial order requiring them to deposit one-third of their income from professional sports or commercial endorsements with the state sports council. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar subsequently suspended the order.

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