Social justice minister felicitates all 54 para-athletes who participated in Tokyo Paralympics
Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Virendra Kumar on Friday felicitated all 54 Indian para-athletes who participated in the Tokyo Paralympics and announced cash rewards of up to Rs 10 lakh for medal winners.
Paralympians, who won a gold medal in the Tokyo Games, will receive a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh each, while those who bagged silver will get a cash reward of Rs 8 lakh each. Para-athletes, who won the bronze medal, will be given a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh each.
The award money will be transferred directly to the bank accounts of the medal winners.
''After watching your (Indian para-athletes) performance in the Tokyo Paralympics, we had a discussion in our department and decided to organise this event to felicitate you and give a cash award to the medal winners from this year. Award money will be transferred to your (bank) account,'' Kumar said while addressing the event.
''You have made the country proud with your outstanding performance. You have given a new identity to our country,'' Kumar said while praising the players.
''A total of 19 para-athletes had participated in the last Paralympics from India and they brought four medals. This time, 54 para-athletes participated in Paralympics and bagged 19 medals… Please double our medal tally in the next Paralympics,'' Kumar said, exhorting the players to put up a much better show in the next international sporting event.
''Our target is to complete the construction of the stadium, hostels and other facilities by June 15 next year,'' he said.
The Office bearers of the Indian Paralympic Committee, including its chief patron Avinash Rai Khanna, president Deepa Malik, secretary-general Gursharan Singh, and Secretary of the department of empowerment of persons with disabilities Anjali Bhawra, were present at the event among other dignitaries.
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