[AI] Tribune's Impact: MP to award Blind World Cup winner

avinash shahi shahi88avinash at gmail.com
Sun May 13 02:58:16 EDT 2018

Swati Dey

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 10

After initially denying any reward for a star blind cricketer, who has
been a multiple winner with the Indian team, the Madhya Pradesh
government has finally
announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for the World Cup winner. Sonu Golkar,
the B1 (totally blind) category player, was earlier denied any prize
money as Madhya
Pradesh, unlike other states, has “no provision” to reward disabled
players. Golkar said he had written many times to Madhya Pradesh CM
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
and the Department of Sports and Youth Welfare, seeking an award for
his performances, but to no avail. Golkar has been part of the Indian
team since 2015.
India won the Asia Cup in 2016, the T20 World Cup in 2017, and the
Blind ODI World Cup this year with Golkar in the squad. After The
Tribune published
Golkar’s story on May 6, he got a call from Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, on May 7. Gehlot said that
the reward
had been approved but was stuck in administrative procedures, Golkar
said.Subsequently, he received a letter dated May 8 from the state’s
Social Justice
and Disability Welfare Department, confirming the reward. Though there
is no provision of rewarding disabled players, the state has agreed to
reward Golkar
under a state rule of aid for the destitute and poor.
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Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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