Mysuru: Even after a year, Karnataka’s first grandmaster Thej Kumar is yet to get Rs 10 lakh from the government, which was announced during last Dasara celebration by the then Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Pramod Madhwaraj.
After Thej Kumar became the first grand master in Karnataka, many organization and even state government felicitated him for the outstanding performance. During last year Dasara sports inauguration, Pramod Madhwaraj, as a token of appreciation and encouragement announced cash award of Rs 10 lakh to Thej Kumar, but unfortunately even after a year and visiting the department several times, he is yet to get the money.
When Thej Kumar approached authorities some of the officers reportedly asked Thej Kumar why he didn’t take in writing from the minister about the cash award. On Wednesday, after the inauguration of Dasara sports, Thej Kumar's father met Commissioner of Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports and requested him for a release of Rs 10 lakh which was announced for Thej Kumar in the last Dasara sports meet.
Shivashankar, Commissioner, Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Bengaluru who patiently listened to Thej Kumar’s father, immediately responded to the plea and promised to address the same at the earliest.
Speaking to Newskarnataka.com, Thej Kumar said “When Anupam Agarwal was Director of DYES, I had met him twice and he told me that it is under process but later when I visited DYES in Bengaluru, the authorities surprisingly said ‘Minister will announce but you should have taken a letter from him’. How I can know about these processes, I thought once it is announced it is done. Some of the authorities are telling that they have not received any communication in this regard. I am upset with the prevailing system. I hope I get justice and cash award at the earliest. To take part in the national and international competition we need to spend a lot of money."
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