Mysuru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who had sanctioned the international standard swimming pool when he was the deputy chief minister 13 years ago inaugurated the same in the Chamundi Vihar Stadium premises here on Saturday. On the occasion, Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister for Fisheries, Sports and Youth Affairs handed over cash awards to promising and outstanding sports persons from across the state who excelled during 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Over 301 sports persons including physically challenged and rural talents received a total cash award of Rs 4.98 Crore. Promising chess player K S Raghunandan who has won various international and national events received Rs 35 Lakh which is the highest cash award for the year 2013-14 and 2014-15 followed by international snooker player Pankaj Advani and Chitra Magimaraj who received Rs 30 Lakh and Rs 16.66 Lakh respectively. From Mysuru, international skater Akash Aradhya received Rs 6 Lakh cash award. The state government, with an initiative to encourage sports persons, has started presenting cash awards to those who have excelled at various levels. Though the total cash award for 2013-14 and 2014-15 are Rs 9.3 Crore, the government has released Rs 4.98 Crore and the remaining will be disbursed at the earliest.
Pramodh Madhwaraj also assured the sports persons that the online applications for cash award for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 would be called at the earliest.
CM sanctions appointment of 100 coaches:
Pramod Madhwaraj also mentioned that the government had given clearance to appoint 100 more coaches for Karnataka. He also mentioned that the salary for the existing SAK coaches had been enhanced from Rs 22,000 to Rs 33,000 and those getting Rs 26,000 after doing NIS will be getting Rs 39,000.
Best pool in Karnataka:
Speaking on the international swimming pool constructed at the cost Rs 4.98 Crore, Pramod Madhawaraj said, “Across the state there are 14 pools run by DYES but in between tender was called out for their maintenance. However, from April this year, all the pools across the state is being run by DYES itself. In the last 12 months, the revenue we got from 14 pools was just Rs 27 Lakh but after we started to run them ourselves, in the last three months we have managed to earn Rs 69 Lakh. The Mysuru pool which is best in the state will also be run by DYES. The money generated from each pool will be given to the respective stadiums who will use the same for their development. We have hard water problem in Mysuru pool. Inorder to solve it, the director has requested us for a machine which costs Rs 15 Lakh. It will also be released at the earliest and the pool will be opened for the public."
Anupam Agarwal, Director of Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports was also present.