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Malika Handa, a specially disabled chess player, said on Sunday that Punjab’s Sports Minister Pargat Singh had informed her that the state government could not give her work and cash reward because the government does not have such a policy for deaf sports.
Handa, who won a gold and two silver at the World Deaf Chess Championships, met with the Sports Minister on December 31, where he informed the player that she was not eligible for a job and a cash reward as they don’t have a policy for deaf sports.
“I feel very hurt. On December 31, I met the Punjab Sports Minister. Now he said that the Punjab government cannot give work and not accept cash reward to (Sports des deaf) because they do not have a policy for deaf sports. Former Minister of Sports announced prize money for me I also have an invitation letter in which I was invited but was canceled due to covid. This thing when I said to introduce sports minister @pargat singh he clearly said that was the ex minister i didn’t announce and government can’t do, ” Handa tweeted on Sunday.
I feel very hurt
December 31, I met the Minister of Sports of Punjab @PargatSOfficial
Now he said that the government of Punjab cannot give jobs and cannot accept cash reward for (deaf sports) because they do not have a policy for deaf sports.
CC : @CHARANJITCHANNI @sherryontopp @RahulGandhi @rhythmjit @ANI pic.twitter.com/DrZ97mtSNH
– Malika Handa___ (@MalikaHanda) January 2, 2022
In the video, his medals are visible in the background.
According to Handa, the former Punjab sports minister announced a cash award for her. She also added that her five years were wasted.
“I’m only asking why this was announced. My time wasted 5 years with the Congressional government. They’re cheating on me .. I don’t care about deaf sport. 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? ”she added.
Handa had also posted a video earlier.
I feel very bad and cry
Today I meet the director of the Punja sports ministry
He said Punjab cannot give job and cash reward to (deaf sports)
What should I do now with all my ruined future ??? @capt_amainder @iranasodhi @ANI @vijaylokapally @anumitsodhi @ navgill82 pic.twitter.com/RGmbFsFLpJ
– Malika Handa___ (@MalikaHanda) September 2, 2021
In September 2021, she visited the Punjab Sports Ministry office where she was told that cash prizes could not be given to deaf athletes.
With ANI inputs