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Haryana government suspends order that directed athletes to hand over 3rd of their income
Chandigarh, June 8 (IBNS): Amid widespread outrage, Haryana government has suspended its order which directed sportsperson, who were employed by the state government, to hand over at least one-third of their earnings from participating in sports events or scoring endorsements deals.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said he has directed the Sports Department to put on hold till further orders the Apr 30 notifications over the issue.
"I have asked for the relevant file of Sports Department to be shown to me & the notification dated 30th April to be put on hold till further orders.We are proud of the immense contribution by our sportspersons & I assure them of a just consideration of all issues affecting them," the CM tweeted.
The government had earlier said that the amount collected from the sportsperson following the earlier said direction would have been used for development of sports in the state.
As per NDTV report, the notification, issued by Principal Secretary (Sports and Youth Department) Ashok Khemka, had said, "One-third of the income earned by the sportsperson from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council. The money shall be used for the development of sports in the State."
"In case the sportsperson is treated on duty with the prior approval of the competent authority while taking part in professional sports or commercial endorsements, the full income earned by the sportsperson on this account will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council," it said.
Several internationally acclaimed sportsperson are from Haryana and they are employed by the state government.
Meanwhile, wrestler Babita Phogat, who won a silver at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, earlier tweeted and asked the CM that till when the rights of sportsperson the state will be deprived.