Railways to Formulate New Policy to Promote Sports –Mamata Railway Minister gives away Cash Awards to Railway Sports Persons who Won Medals in CWG-2010
The Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee felicitated Railway players who won medals for India in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, Delhi 2010 (CWG-2010), here today. She presented them with a shawl, a memento and the cheque of the award amount. Railway sports persons won 25 Medals for India which include 13 Gold medals, 3 Silver Medals and 9 Bronze medals in CWG-2010. The medal winners were given special Minister’s Award amount and the awards amount of Railway Sports Promotion Board. The Minister’s special awards were Rs. 10 lakh for Gold Medal winner, Rs. 6 lakh for Silver Medal winner and Rs. 4 lakh for Bronze Medal winner. These awards were in addition to the awards given by Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB). The awards of the RSPB were Rs. 5 lakh for Gold, Rs. 3 lakh for Silver and Rs. 2 lakh for Bronze and a promotion/increment in the Railway service.
In her address to the gathering during the felicitation function, the Railway Minister directed Railway Board to formulate a new Policy which will further promote the cause of sports and games so that Railways is able to produce many more talented sports persons who will bring glory to the nation. She said that the new policy should be formulated in such a way so that it provides sufficient encouragement, incentive, better career prospects and better professional and practical support to Railway players. She said that new policy should include incentives for railway coaches also and the provision for best professional facilities to railway sports persons. The Minister emphasized that Railways will not be found wanting in providing adequate support to its players in all respects.
She said that the Railway Ministry is committed to the promotion of the sports in the country through RSPB and will intensify its efforts so that its players bring medals for India in the next Olympics as well. She said that the Ministry will prepare a plan of action for the next Olympics after identifying ten sports discipline for this purpose. She said that the Railway players will be provided all kinds of facilities right from infrastructure to modern equipment to best coaching so that their performance is improved in all national and international events. She said that the Railway sports players are bringing glory and laurels to the nation and hence it is the duty of the Railways to take care of their genuine needs and demands so that they can concentrate effectively in their respective sports and games.
Referring to the tragic accident which happened last week in which Archery Coach Mr. Lenin who belonged to South Central Railway, was killed, the Railway Minister expressed profound grief over the tragedy and conveyed her deep condolences to the bereaved family. She said that en ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh will be given to the next of the kin of the deceased and Railway will also like to offer a job to his wife if she is willing to work.
The Minister of State for Railways, Shri E.Ahamed who was especially present on the occasion also congratulated the medal winners of Railways.
On this occasion, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Vivek Sahai said that the tradition of encouraging sports in the Railways is very old and this will continue. Shri Sahai said that Railway sports persons in the CWG-2010 brought one third of Gold Medals won by India.
Shri V.N.Tripathi, Member Staff, Railway Board, and President of RSPB, outlined the achievements of Railway players in CWG-2010
Present on the occasion, Railway Board Members, sports persons, coaches and other seniors officials of the Ministry of Railways.
The Indian Railways, winner of the first ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar’ instituted by the Government of India, always takes lead in promoting sports in the country. Railways have sixteen Padamshree, three Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, five Dronacharya Sammaan, six Dhyanchand Sammaan and 134 Arjun Puraskar to its credit which have been awarded to its sports persons.
CWG-2010 Medal Winners of Indian Railways….