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Not Cash Prize Or Govt Jobs, Haryana Minister To Gift Cow To Top Boxers Each

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| December 1 , 2017 , 15:05 IST

Among the 29 Indian states, Haryana, which was earlier known as one of the most underdeveloped states has produced many International achievers from various fields who made the nation proud by their accomplishments.

With the purpose of encouraging the state's youth, Haryana government has often rewarded the sports achievers with cash prizes and government jobs. However, the latest prize decided a state minister has left everything shocked yet amused.

State Animal Husbandry Minister Om Prakash Dhankar on Wednesday announced that the sports achievers from Haryana will now be given a cow each. He made the statement while felicitating the six medal winners at the Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship in Rohtak.

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The championship concluded last week in Guwahati and Dhankar being the president of the Boxing Haryana Association expressed proudly in his decision of gifting cows to the champions by justifying that cow's milk is beneficial for the boxers.

While talking to a leading daily, Dhankar claimed, "cow’s milk contains less fat and is beneficial for boxers… a cow is very active, while a buffalo sleeps most of the time."

He further added, "Haryana main kehte hain, haanga chahiye toh bhains ka doodh, aur khoobsarti aur dimag chahiye, toh gai ka doodh (They say in Haryana that if you want power, drink buffalo milk; and if you want beauty and brains, drink cow’s milk). These boxers have done the country proud at the world level and we want them to excel more."

Addressing the boxers — gold medal winners Nitu (48 kg), Jyoti Guliya (51 kg), Sakshi Dhanda (54 kg), Shashi Chopra (57 kg), and bronze winners Anupama (81 kg), Neha Yadav (81+ kg), Om confirmed that the local cows will produce 10 litres of milk per day.

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17-year-old Nitu Bhiwani was overwhelmed with the unexpected surprise. She said, "I have been given various prizes, ranging from religious idols to books, apart from cash prizes, but I have never been gifted a cow, and this is a gift I will cherish."

When asked if the future sports achievers will receive the same gift, Dhankar said, "That is up to the sports department. I can give what I have. If somebody has honey, he will give them honey. If somebody has ghee, he will give them ghee."

He concluded, "I am the agriculture minister, and I can give the girls cows. I am also the president of the Haryana Boxing Association, and we want all these boxers to win more medals at the world level."