After Athletes’ Outrage, Haryana Govt Suspends Earlier Order Asking 33% Of Their Income
June 8th, 2018
Haryana Government has suspended its earlier order, in which the athletes from Haryana were ordered to donate one-third of their income earned from professional sports or commercial endorsements to the State Sports Council. The government had claimed that the amount collected from the athletes would have been used for the development of sports in the state.
I have asked for the relevant file of Sports Dept to be shown to me & the notification to be put on hold till further orders. We are proud of immense contribution by our sports persons & I assure them of a just consideration of all issues: Haryana CM M L Khattar (File pic) pic.twitter.com/66FobKDH4w
— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2018
The notification from the Sports and Youth Affairs Department of Haryana, came on April 30, had said that the amount taken from the athletes’ income could go up to all of their earnings if the athlete has been granted leave with pay from a government job, reports NDTV.
“The sportsperson shall be accorded extraordinary leave (without pay) during the said period. One-third of the income earned by the sportsperson from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council. The money shall be used for the development of sports in the State,” it said.
While defending their move, Haryana Government says, that the step has been taken for the development of the sports in Haryana. The notification is applicable for any sportsperson employed with any department of the state government and is participating in professional sports or commercial endorsements.
Taking a dig on the government’s move, several athletes reacted to it. Commonwealth Games 2010 gold medalist, Geeta Phogat said, “I don’t know whether the rule is now implemented or they are still thinking of implementing it. I understand that the rule can still be implemented on the cricketers because there is so much money in that sport. But in other sports like boxing, kabaddi, wrestling, there is not enough money nor are there any endorsements. If the athletes give one-third to the government of whatever they earn then what will remain with the athletes in that case? One-third share is way too much,” she told Times Now.
Freestyle wrestler, Yogeshwar Dutt also hits back on the government’s notification. He tweeted saying that the advisory is ridiculous.
ऐसे अफसर से राम बचाए, जब से खेल विभाग में आए है तब से बिना सिर -पैर के तुग़लकी फ़रमान जारी किए जा रहे है।हरियाणा के खेल-विकास में आपका योगदान शून्य है किंतु ये दावा है मेरा इसके पतन में आप शत् प्रतिशत सफल हो रहे है।अब हरियाणा के नए खिलाड़ी बाहर पलायन करेंगे और SAHAB आप ज़िम्मेदार pic.twitter.com/YazW6YLqTB
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) June 8, 2018
This year, in April, the Haryana Government had canceled a ceremony to felicitate the medal winners from Commonwealth Games. Prior to this, the State Government had also proposed a cut in prize money from those who had won medals at Gold Coast reported Economic Times.