Backlash Erupts As Haryana Govt Calls For Sportspersons To Handover 1/3rd Income To State

| June 8 , 2018 , 14:13 IST

At a time when sportspersons are hailed for bringing laurels and glory to the nation, the Haryana government has ordered sportspersons from the state to hand over one-third of their earnings from sports events and endorsements to the state government, media reported on Friday. The funds would then reportedly be used to further sports development within the state.

Although the notification had been released by the Sports and Youth Affairs department of the Haryana government on April 30, as the notification was accessed by media on Friday, it created outrage among sportspersons as well as the general public.

"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 order read.

"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.

Gold medal-winning wrestler Babita Phogat slammed the move in a comment to ANI.

"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. Government should've at least discussed it with us," Phogat said.

Silver medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar called for a review of the policy.

"This policy should be reviewed. Govt should establish a committee of senior sportspersons and take their input before forming a policy of this type. This will affect the morale of sportspersons and might affect their performance as well: Sushil Kumar, on Haryana Govt's notification.

Others took to Twitter to condemn the decision of the Haryana state government: