Chandigarh, April 27, 2013: The Punjab government today announced Maharaja Ranjit Singh awards, the highest sports award of the state to 67 outstanding players of different disciplines.
Addressing the media persons here today, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab who is also Sports Minister said that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would confer these awards that included a prize money of Rs.2 lac, a trophy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh astride horse back in warrior dress, a Blazer with pocket, a Tie and a Scroll of Honour. He said that the prize money has been doubled from Rs.1 lac to Rs.2 lac.
He said that 10 outstanding players of year 2005, 9 of 2006, 14 of 2007, 14 of 2008, 9 of 2009 and 11 players of 2010 would be conferred these awards in the presence of Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Padma Shree Awardees, Arjuna Awardees, previous Maharaja Ranjit Singh Awardees, Olympians and International Players . The Award is given to 15 outstanding players every year on the basis of their performance in the preceding five years. One Award each in the disciplines of Cricket, Circle Kabaddi and Physically Handicapped Games is also given. The Govt. formulated Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award Policy during the year 2011. All Padama Shree Awardees, Arjuna Awardees and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardees automatically qualify for Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award.
The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award Function is being organised on April 29 at 3.30 PM at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh. Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab has very consented to be the Chief Guest and give away the Awards to the recipients. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab has very kindly agreed to preside over the function. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Hon’ble Member Parliament and President, Punjab Olympic Association would also grace the occasion. Ministers of the Punjab Government, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, senior officers of the state government, Padma Shree Awardees, Arjuna Awardees, previous Maharaja Ranjit Singh Awardees, Olympians and International Players are likely to attend the function. A souvenir is also being brought out on this occasion.
He said that the Punjab during last five years has focused on upgrading the Sports infrastructure of the state and endeavored to provide latest sports infrastructure to sportspersons, so that they can train and compete with their international counterparts.
Besides laying a Synthetic Track at Village Ghudda and replacing the worn out Synthetic Hockey Surface at Burlton Park, Jalandhar, it has constructed/upgraded 6 Hockey Stadiums in the State including Hockey Stadium, Sec-63, Mohali, Govt. Rajindra College, Bathinda, Govt. Barjindra College, Faridkot, Hockey Stadium, PAU, Ludhiana, Hockey Stadium, GNDU, Amritsar, Hockey Surface at Village Ghudda (Btd.).
Badal said that in addition to this, Multipurpose Stadiums have been constructed/upgraded at Bathinda, Mansa, Sangrur, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Village Badal (Btd.) and Jalalabad (Fazilka).
Announcing the new initiative of the government to encourage students to opt for sports as a career, Badal said that he has asked Education department to work out a plan to introduce sports as a elective subject in boards examination whose grades would be counted in the aggregate marks. He said that by doing so sports would be a compulsory subject in every school and we would be able to nurture the budding youth into international players.
Announcing the organisation of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Punjab Games in priority sports disciplines some times in the third quarter of the year, Badal said that prize money of Rs. 25 lakh per discipline would be given to the first three position holder teams. He said that 100 players in each discipline would be ranked on the basis of their performance in these games. Sports scholarships at the rate of Rs. 10,000 per person would be given to the ranked players. Similarly Junior Ranked Players would be given a sports scholarship of Rs. 5,000 per head.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the Punjab government had been magnanimous in enhancing the quantum of Cash Awards to the sportspersons who win medals in Olympics, Asian, Common Wealth and other National & International Competitions. He said that any player of the state who wins an Individual or Team Gold Medal in Olympics will be awarded Rs. 2.25 crore. He said that the Silver and Bronze Medalists would take home Rs. 1.01 crore and Rs. 51.00 lac, respectively. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists of Asian Games would gain Rs. 26.00 lac, Rs. 16.00 lac and Rs. 11.00 lac and Commonwealth Games Rs. 16.00 lac, Rs. 11.00 lac and Rs. 6.00 lac, respectively. He said that the Govt. presented Cash Awards to the tune of Rs. 9.81 crore to such sportspersons who brought honour to the state.
Badal said that during last five years we had created 10 Group-A posts for the medalists of Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games and appointed the players on the posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajpal Singh (Hockey), Avneet Kaur Sidhu (Shooting), Gurbaz Singh (Hockey), Manjeet Kaur (Athletics), Amandeep Kaur (Hockey), Palwinder Cheema (Wrestling), Ronjan Sodhi (Shooting), Manavjit Sandhu (Shooting), Harwant Kaur (Athletics) and Harveen Sarao (Shooting).
Underlining the efforts of State in nurturing the budding sports talent, he said that the Govt. is putting up concerted efforts to create a pool of talented players by inducting players into Sports Wings and Sports Academies. During the year 2005-06 the number of players admitted in the sports wings was only 300 which has been gradually increased to more than 4000 in the year 2012-13. In the residential sports wings, the players are provided a diet of Rs. 200/- per day/per head, lodging, sports equipment, sports kitting and training at the Govt. expense. Day scholars in the sports wings are given a diet of Rs. 100 per day per head along with other facilities.
The government has established specialised Sports Academies at Olympian Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar, Football Academy Mahilpur (Hoshiarpur), Dashmesh Martial Art and Sports Academy, Anandpur Sahib (Roopnagar), Shooting and Hockey for Girls, Village Badal, District Mukatsar.
He said that the players admitted in these academies are provided boarding/lodging, education, transport, medical, sports equipment, kitting and training facilities.
The following is the list of 67 players to be conferred Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award for outstanding performance:
S.No. Name Game
1. Sunaina Weight Lifting
2. Puneet Rana Swimming
3. Gurminder Singh Weight Lifting
4. Parvinder Kaur Judo
5. Sukhjinder Singh Weight Lifting
6. Maha Singh Athletics
7. Anjana Handball
8. Kanwaljit SinghCycling
9. Sukhbir Singh Athletics
10. Rampal Singh Rowing
11. Navjot Channa Judo
12. Amritpal Singh Athletics
13 Prabhjit Singh Cycling
14. Gurmeet Singh Athletics
15. Naunidh Singh (Posthumously) Athletics
16. Kuldeep Kaur Handball
17. Arun Singh Boxing
18. Rupinder Kaur Boxing
19. Gurcharan Singh Wt. Lifting
20. Avneet Kaur Sidhu HundalShooting
21. Harveen Sarao Shooting
22. Rajwinder Kaur Gill Athletics
23 Gurpreet Kaur Cycling
24. Harpreet Singh Cycling
25. Karamjeet KaurFencing
26. Jagdeep Singh Basket ball
27. Ruchi Trikha Fencing
28. Yadwinder Singh Basket Ball
29. Shingara Mattu Taekwondo
30. Sukhdev Singh Handball
31. Pawan Kumar Handball
32. Gaurav Sehgal Handball
33. Sachin Choudhary Handball
34. Amanpreet Singh Shooting
35. Kulwinder KaurCycling
36. Abhishek Rana Cycling
37. Sarabjit Singh Cycling
38. Gurpreet Singh Cycling
39. Jaswinder Singh Equestrian
40. Rajinder Kaur Cycling
41. Amandeep Singh Cycling
42. Talwinder SinghEquestrian
43. Meenkshi D/o Tersem Singh Gymnastic
44. Neeraj Sawhney Cycling
45. Talwinderjit Singh Basketball
46. Raghu Kumar Handball
47. Kulwinder Singh Handball
48. Jashandeep Kaur Gymnastic
49. Yashpal SolankiJudo
50. Kamalpreet Sharma Cycling
51. Sarbjeet KandaWeight Lifting
52. Shamsher Pratap Singh Athletics
53. Navjot Kaur Fencing
54. Mohinder Singh Rawat Handball
55. Raj Kumar (Handicapped) Badminton
56. Balbir Singh Kular Hockey
57. Navdeep Kaur Dhillon Shooting
58. Surpreet Singh Cycling
59. Menakshi Gymnastic
60. Rambir Singh Wrestling
61. Amrinder SinghArchery
62. Harpreet singh Athletics
63. Baljit Singh Handball
64. Gurbaj Singh Hockey
65. Kiranjeet Kaur Basketball
66. Amandeep Singh Boxing
67. Virpal Kaur Kabaddi