National Sports Awards: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju announces an increment in the prize money


National Sports Awards: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju announces an increment in the prize money

Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju

Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju recently announced an increase in the prize money for this year’s National Sports Awards. An enhancement in four out of seven categories was announced by the sports minister on Saturday.

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For the current prize money, the major increment came for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as now its prize money Rs 25 lakh (previously Rs 7.5 lakh). The other awards like the Arjuna Award (Rs 15 lakh from Rs 5 lakh), the Dronacharya (Lifetime) Award (Rs 15 lakh instead of Rs 5 lakh) and while Dronacharya (Regular) Award (Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 5 lakh) also saw a significant rise. Apart from them, the Dhyanchand awardees will also be given Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 5 lakh.

Complete list of updated Prize Money

AwardPrevious Prize MoneyUpdated Prize Money
Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaRs 7.5 lakhRs 25 lakh
Arjuna AwardRs 5 lakhRs 15 lakh
Dronacharya (Lifetime)Rs 5 lakhRs 15 lakh
Dronacharya (Regular)Rs 5 lakhRs 10 lakh
Dhyanchand AwardRs 5 lakhRs 10 lakh

A special day to make the announcement 

Major Dhayn Chand is one of the greatest hockey players ever.

The Rjiju made this announcement on August 29, 2020, which is also the special occasion of the 115th birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. This day is also celebrated as the National Sports Day across the country.

Rjiju also said that the prize money for these awards was last updated in 2008, which is more than a decade now. He continued to say that these amounts should be upgraded after every ten years at least.

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“The prize money for the Sports Awards was last reviewed in 2008. These amounts should be reviewed once every ten years at least. If professionals in every field have seen an enhancement in their earnings, why not our sportspersons?” Rjiju concluded.

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