Reservation for sportsmen in government jobs in all departments:CM assures a positive response

Dr.Thomas (Special Correspondent)

C hief Minister Siddaramaiah said that,currently 3% reservation is being given to sportspersons in police and forest departments,and it will be positively reviewed to give reservation of 2% in other government departments.

He was speaking at the Home Office Krishna today after felicitating and presenting cash awards to the athletes and coaches of the state who won medals in the recently held 19th Asian Games in China.

The CM said that sport persons have brought honor to the country and the state.It is a matter of pride for all Kannadigas.

Indian athletes have won maximum number of medals in the Asian Games in China this time.He also appreciated that 70 medals were won last time and now it is 107 medals.

He opined that India ranks first in population in the entire world.This honor will increase if we get first or second position in the Asian Games as well.

The CM said that,the state government is committed to promote sports.When he was the Chief Minister in his previous tenure,prize money was announced to the winners in the Asian Games and Olympics.He explained that Karnataka is the first state to announce the highest prize amount.

The CM congratulated the sportsmen on behalf of government and seven crore Kannadigas.This time 8 people from the state have won medals.Winning a medal at the international level is no small feat.It requires a lot of effort.You have done an amazing job. He also wished them good luck to try hard and win medals in the Olympics as well.

Youth Empowerment and Sports Minister,Nagendra, Chief Minister’s Political Secretary K.Govindaraju, Naseer Ahmed,Youth Empowerment and Sports Department Principal Secretary,N.Manjunath Prasad and other dignitaries were present.

Medal Winners:

On the occasion,the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah felicitated medal winners of the state and presented the cash prizes to Rajeshwari Gaikwad (Cricket- Gold), Rohan Bopanna (Tennis- Mixed Doubles- Gold),Mijo Chacko Kurien,Nihal Joel (Athletics Men’s 4*400m Relay – Reserved Athlete -Gold), Mithun Manjunath (Men’s Badminton -Silver),Sai Prateek (Men’s Badminton Silver),Divya (Shooting – Two Silver Medals), and coaches V. Tejaswini Bai (Kabaddi – Gold),Ankita B.S.(Hockey- Bronze), CA Kuttappa (Chief Boxing Coach- 1 Silver and 4 Bronze) .