first_imgThe Punjab government’s decision not to reward Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold medallist Gurpreet Singh, saying he belongs to the defence services, has drawn flak.The state government had announced cash rewards of Rs 7 lakh to gold medallists, Rs 5 lakh to silver medallists and Rs 3 lakh to bronze winners.But Havildar Gurpreet Singh, who won two shooting gold medals and a bronze at the CWG, has been left out. Singh belongs to Naushera Pannua village of the state’s Gurdaspur district.After facing flak, the state government is now desperate to come out of the embarrassing situation. H.S. Bains, media advisor to the Punjab government, said the government was taking a re-look at its policy.The discrimination against defence sportspersons in Punjab is in sharp contrast to neighbouring Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, which have taken the lead in honouring their CWG medallists.Haryana has even announced a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh for athletes who have failed to win medals at the CWG. The Himachal Pradesh government has given a cash prize of Rs 35 lakh to its medal winner Subedar Vijay Kumar.last_img

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