Gold Medal winners to get Rs. 6 crore, Silver medalists Rs. 4 crore and Rs. 2 crore for Bronze medal winners
Etiquettes, language and brotherhood Lucknow’s biggest identity
Rivers and water are life lines, to save them is responsibility of everyone
Chief Minister inaugurates 35th National Junior Rowing Championship
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday announced that the state government has decided to increase the award sum for state sportspersons who win medals at the forthcoming Olympics. Gold Medal winners to get Rs 6 crore, Silver medalists Rs 4 crore and Rs 2 crore for Bronze medal winners
The Chief Minister today was speaking after inaugurating the 35th National Junior Rowing Championship on the banks of river Gomti. The Chief Minister said that the state’s Samajwadi government has always honoured sportspersons whereas the previous government had axed many awards and honours to the sports fraternity.
Some days back, he pointed out, the state government had honoured 500 sportspersons who had won medals in the Commonwealth and other national and international competitions. Mr Yadav also said that the present state government had restarted the Yash Bharti Samman under which sportspersons, poets, people who work for development of Urdu language, and artists who have made a place for themselves in various literary and cultural realms are honoured.
The Chief Minister while lauding the officials and employees for readying and cleaning up the river Gomti on short notice for the competition, added that it was the fortune of Lucknow that the river Gomti flowed through right centre of the city. The Gomti river not only makes the city beautiful but also is the identity of the city, he mused. Adding that while the Chikan work was the identity of the city, the Chief Minister pointed out that the etiquettes, language and brotherhood of the city was its biggest signature.
The Chief Minister also said that rivers and water were life sources and hence should be protected and conserved at all costs by everyone. In ancient times, he said, rivers were a route for trade and that all major buildings of Lucknow were situated on the banks of the river Gomti.
The CM further said that the State Government had unveiled a heritage tourism policy aimed at renovating old buildings, monuments and restoring their glory. He assured that with active help and cooperation of the public, the river would be cleaned up so that not only games can be organized here but people can also come here with families to stroll around.
The Chief Minister also appreciated the participation of the Army in the event and said the glory of any event is enhanced when army chips in. The country has strong faith in the army as it not only protected the borders but also worked majorly in peacetime when natural calamities and other issues crop up, Mr Yadav said. Before the inauguration of the championship, the sportspersons were administered an oath. After this the Chief Minister released pigeons and balloons in the air to formally inaugurate the event.
The Chief Minister also launched the website of the Uttar Pradesh Rowing Association and released a souvenir. On the occasion, the Chief Minister felicitated the former president of Asian Rowing Federation Mr. KP Singhdeo with a shawl.
Also present, among others at the inaugural ceremony were Health Minister Mr. Ahmad Hasan, Political Pensions Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, MoS Sports Mr. Fareed Mehmood Kidwai and Mr. Ram Karan Arya, GoC-in-Chief Central Command Lt. General Rajan Bakshi, President of the RFI Mrs. Rajlaxmi Singhdeo, NRHM Director and President of Regatta Mr. Amit Kumar Ghosh, Special Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. GS Naveen Kumar, Uttar Pradesh Rowing Association office bearers, sportspersons and sports lovers.
More than 300 sports persons from 18 states are participating in this championship.