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Himachal Government to give Rs 1 crore for Olympics hockey star Varun Kumar

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Shimla, August 6

The Himachal Government will give a reward of Rs 1 crore and offer a government job to Varun Kumar, who was part of the men’s hockey team that won the bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in the Vidhan Sabha here today.

“The hockey team has made the nation proud. It is a matter of pride that Varun, one of the members of the hockey team, hails from Dalhousie in Chamba district, though his family is residing in Jalandhar to earn a livelihood,” he said. He added that depending on Varun’s educational qualifications, he would be given the job of DSP.

“Normally, as per the rules, a gold medallist is given Rs 2 crore, silver medallist Rs 1 crore and the bronze medal winner Rs 50 lakh. However, we have changed the norms to revise the reward amounts to Rs 2 crore, Rs 1.20 crore and Rs 1 crore, for the gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively,” he informed the House.

Sports Minister Rakesh Pathania said that an international-level astroturf would be set up at a cost of Rs 10 crore in Sirmaur district. — TNS

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