One year on, State yet to fulfill its promise!

One year on, State yet to fulfill its promise!

 Following India’s World Cup triumph on April 2 last year, State governments across the country appeared to be competing with each other in announcing hefty cash awards to the Men in Blue, and Karnataka were no different.

The then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had announced a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh to each member of the triumphant Indian squad after his initial offer of a site per player had come under flak.

With just a day left for first the anniversary of the victory, the State is yet to act on its promise though most of the other states have fulfilled their commitments. As things stand, it’s unlikely the players will receive their promised sum. Apparently, the Yeddyurappa government did try to get the players on one platform to present the cheques but the team’s schedule didn’t allow them to do so.    

The government hasn’t released any money so far and in the latest budget, presented by Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda, no funds have been allocated for the purpose. It’s learnt that the government has no intention of meeting its promise.

Even this largesse (Rs 25 lakh) from the government had come in for harsh criticism from State sportspersons who had complained of receiving little or no support from successive regimes.