Haryana Government’s shocking decision to promote sports

Chandigarh/Bhubaneswar: In a bizarre move to promote sports in Haryana, the State government has asked sportspersons to hand over one-third of their income earned from professional sports or commercial endorsements to the Haryana State Sports Council. According to a State government notification the amount will be used for overall development of sports in the State.

The notification dated on April 30 reads, “The Governor of Haryana is pleased to notify the following conditions governing the participation of sportspersons in professional sports or commercial endorsements and employed in any department of the state government or any body controlled by the State.”

“The sportsperson shall be accorded extraordinary leave (without pay) during the said period. One-third of the income earned by the sportsperson from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council. The money shall be used for the development of sports in the State,” it said.

“In case the sportsperson is treated on duty with the prior approval of the competent authority while taking part in professional sports or commercial endorsements, the full income earned by the sportsperson on this account will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council,” it added.


This decision by the State government has raised many eyebrows and many reputed players have said that it will affect the performance and might boomerang.

Does the government even realize how much of hard work a sportsperson puts in? How can they ask for one-third of the income? I do not support this at all. Govt should’ve at least discussed it with us.

—– Babita Phogat, International Wrestler

Olympian Sushil Kumar also reacted on this move by stating that the decision will affect the performance and morale.

“This policy should be reviewed. Govt should establish a committee of senior sportspersons & take their input before forming a policy of this type. This will affect the morale of sportspersons & might affect their performance as well,” Sushil Kumar told ANI.

On the other hand, Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij and Sports and Youth Welfare Department Principal Secretary Ashok Khemka have defended the move.

“There is nothing new in this decision. It is an old government rule. Under Rule 56, if a government employee earns professional or commercial income, he has to deposit one third of the earning with the state government. We had allowed (international boxer) Vijender Singh to play professionally. The (Punjab and Haryana) High Court asked us to frame rules in this regard. We have brought out the rules now,” said Anil Vij.

Khemka said the notification had been issued after the state gave an assurance to the court that the Haryana government would bring a policy vis-a-vis those who play professional sports.

“Normally, government employees are not allowed to play professional sports. The money will be used for the benefit of sportspersons only,” informed Ashok Khemka.

 

(With agency inputs)