‘New Pensions to Sportspersons are not Honour but Bribe’

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Ever since boxer Vijender Singh and Asan Singh Sangwan announced that they would return their honours if the government didn’t accept the farmers’ demands, the Haryana government has been perturbed. This increased pension seems like an effort to stop this growing tirade against the present regime.

Jagmati Sangwan, Bhim Awardee

The new pensions announced by the Haryana government for sports awardees is more a bribe than an honour. 

The context in which the Haryana government has announced the pension scheme for national and state sports awardees seems suspicious. After a huge number of sportspersons from Punjab announced their intention to return their honours, it was only natural that Haryana sportspersons would also join hands. Ever since boxer Vijender Singh and Asan Singh Sangwan announced that they would return their honours if the government didn’t accept the farmers’ demands, the Haryana government has been perturbed. This increased pension seems like an effort to stop this growing tirade against the present regime. The disparity in the amounts announced between state and national awardees also indicates a desire to appease the bigger names more. At this elite level of sporting achievement and excellence the difference between the achievements of these sportspersons is not too much.

It cannot be denied that there was a pending demand for the state government to support the award winners. The previous government under the chief-ministership of Mr Bhupender Singh Hooda had started the process towards offering these pensions. The present timing of this announcement is very suspect and will be seen as a bribe to not open one’s mouth against the anti-farmer policies of this government. Therefore, all the sportspersons from Haryana should in one voice decline to accept this offer. How can we forget that the road to these awards and honours run through our fields? These are the fields that our farmers are putting their lives on the line to save today. Let us not loose this opportunity to show our solidarity with and respect towards our farmers. 

EOM.


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