NEW DELHI: The sports activities ministry’s corridors are overflowing with a file variety of functions for the nationwide sports activities awards. Round 600 athletes and coaches have staked declare for this 12 months’s Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyanchand honours in a bloated awards season, TOI has discovered. The deluge of functions has damaged the earlier 12 months’s rely of over 400 functions.
The ministry officers have been working time beyond regulation to sieve by the candidates’ credentials and suggest the shortlisted names to the awards choice committee, headed by retired Supreme Court decide, Justice Mukundakum Sharma.
A whopping 35 functions have alone been obtained for the rechristened Main Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award this 12 months, when the ministry’s personal pointers stipulate for the nomination of as much as two sportspersons in deserving instances. For the Arjuna, a file 215 athletes have utilized for the honour when the ministry reserves the fitting to appoint as much as 15 sportspersons.
Equally, within the Dronacharya lifetime class, the ministry has obtained one other file variety of over 100 functions, whereas within the Dronacharya common class, the variety of candidates is round 48. For the Dhyanchand lifetime achievement award, the ministry has obtained a complete of 138 functions. Within the scheme for the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar to encourage company involvement within the improvement of sports activities within the nation, a complete of 36 company entities, NGOs and different sports activities promotion institutions have utilized for the honour.
With this being the Olympics and Paralympics 12 months and the Indian athletes returning with their best-ever medal present in each the multi-sport occasions in Tokyo, the ministry was anyway bracing up for a barrage of functions, however the officers had not bargained for this deluge..
The enhancement of money prizes for the sports activities awards additionally performed its half in driving the curiosity amongst candidates to use in file numbers.
The prize cash for the Khel Ratna was final 12 months elevated to Rs 25 lakh from the earlier quantity of Rs 7.5 lakh. Arjuna awardees got Rs 15 lakh, which was Rs 10 lakh greater than the earlier quantity. It has been discovered that the ministry would suggest to the awards committee that the gold medal winners on the Olympics and Paralympics be straightaway thought-about for the Khel Ratna.