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Haryana Government order seeking part of athletes’ earnings put on hold

Amidst flak from athletes, Harayan CM Khattar has sought "relevant paperwork" from the Sports Department and put the notice on hold.

Published: 09th June 2018 11:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2018 11:26 AM   |  A+A-

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CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government's controversial notification, which demanded sportspersons on government rolls to deposit one-third of their earnings from events and endorsements with the Haryana Sports Council, was put on hold on Friday.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar through a tweet put the notification on hold and demanded relevant files from the Sports Department. 

The notification, issued by Principal Secretary of the Sports and Youths Welfare Department Ashok Khemka, said the amount collected would be used sports development in the state.

However, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Anil Vij justified the circular. “The rules say that if a government employee generates any income, one-third of this has to be deposited with the government. This issue emerged when we gave permission to boxer Vijender Kumar to play as professional and the matter went to the Punjab & Haryana High Court. The court asked us to frame rules in this regard,” he said, adding this wouldn’t apply to those playing in Olympics, Asian Games or Commonwealth Games.

If implemented, it could affect a number of sportspersons on government rolls such as Sardar Singh, Vijender Singh, Geeta and Babita Phogat, among others. As the circular came to light on Friday, athletes including those not employed by the State government, reacted with shock.

Olympian Sushil Kumar said, “I haven’t heard of such a policy anywhere else in the world.” Fellow wrestler and Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt tweeted, “God save us from such officials, who are taking senseless decisions like this. Now, athletes will move to other states and these officials will be responsible for this.’’

Wrestler Geeta Phogat, who is a DSP in Haryana Police, said, “I appeal to the government to reconsider its decision.” Echoing similar sentiments, Phogat’s sister Babita lamented the government does not realise how much of hard work a sportsperson puts in to bring medals for the country.

What’s in the circular:
Sportspersons who opt for “leave without pay” to take part in sports events and endorsements must deposit one-third of their income from these events. Those partaking in such professional or commercial commitments while “on duty”, should deposit the entire amount with the state.

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