Punjab Minister orders probe into alleged delay on Harbhajan Singh’s Khel Ratna snub

first_img Press Trust of India ChandigarhJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 19:54 IST Harbhajan Singh’s Khel Ratna snub (IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh requested Punjab Sports Minister to re-send his application for next yearThe off-spinner’s nomination for Khel Ratna award has been rejected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and SportsHarbhajan claimed he had timely submitted his form for the nomination to Punjab Sports departmentThe Punjab government has ordered an inquiry into the allegations levelled by veteran India player Harbhajan Singh that delay in paperwork on the part of state’s sports department was the reason for not getting prestigious Khel Ratna Award.The off-spinner’s nomination for Khel Ratna award has been rejected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) on grounds that his documents reached late.Harbhajan requested Punjab Sports minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi’s intervention in the matter and the minister subsequently ordered a probe into the alleged delay in sending his documents to the centre.”I have ordered an inquiry into the matter. The director (Sports) has been tasked to carry out the inquiry,” Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi told PTI Wednesday.In a video uploaded on his twitter handle, Harbhajan claimed he had timely submitted his form for the nomination to Punjab Sports department for the award.”I have come to know through media that a file recommending my name for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award sent by Punjab government to the Centre has been rejected with the reason being that papers reached very late,” Harbhajan said.”I have come to know that because of delay, my nomination will not be considered for this award this time and because of which I will not get this award,” he rued.Harbhajan claimed that he furnished the relevant documents on March 20 but now he understands that there was a delay in sending his papers to the centre that ultimaely led to his rejection.advertisement”As far as I (can) recollect, I submitted papers on March 20 with your (Sodhi) office and this form was supposed to reach Delhi within 10-15 days and why it was not submitted timely. Had this form submitted timely, I probably would have got the award this year which comes as a motivation and encouragement for any sportsperson,” he further said.The cricketer, who is the third highest wicket taker for India in Test cricket requested the minister to re-send his application for next year.”If such delays continue to take place then players will lag behind which is not right and I hope you (Sodhi) will take action on it and forward my nomination again to the government of India,” said Harbhajan.Read more | Jofra Archer misses out as England announce squad for opening Ashes TestAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow Punjab governmentFollow Khel RatnaFollow Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Punjab Minister orders probe into alleged delay on Harbhajan Singh’s Khel Ratna snubHarbhajan Singh requested Punjab Sports minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi’s intervention in the matter and the minister subsequently ordered a probe into the alleged delay in sending his documents to the centre.advertisementlast_img read more

Vasan warns of protests in Tamil Nadu against Lanka

The party’s agitation was to draw the attention of the State and Central governments to the plight of the fishing community and exert pressure on them to take steps to secure the release of the fishermen, he said. Mr. Vasan also appealed to the Centre to introduce Pamban Express in memory of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The late leader had appealed to the railways to introduce the express with a refrigerator coach for transporting fish from the island, while addressing the centenary celebrations of the bridge in January last, he recalled.Later, accompanied by district president A. Ravichandra Ramavanni and former MLAs Asan Ali and Ram Prabu, the TMC leader called on Mr. Kalam’s elder brother A.P.J.M. Maraikayar at the ‘House of Kalam’ and enquired about his health. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) in Tamil Nadu will stage State-wide agitation if the 14 Rameswaram fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on a charge of poaching on June 2 were not released at the end of their judicial remand on August 13, party president G.K. Vasan has said.Addressing the fishing community at Thangachimadam near Rameswaram, Vasan, who was on a “Towards the people” programme, said the fishermen were languishing in a jail for more than two months but neither the State nor the Centre bothered to secure their release, The Hindu newspaper reported. Referring to reports that the Lankan authorities delayed the release of the fishermen in view of the Prime Ministerial elections in the island nation, he said that the Centre should categorically tell the island nation that it should not link the fishermen release to the elections. Vasan who listened to the problems of fishermen by holding talks with the leaders of fishermen associations and the womenfolk before addressing the meeting, expressed anguish that political parties approached the fishermen issue with an eye on electoral gains.“The problem should be approached in a humane way,” he said, and declared that the TMC would be in the forefront in the fight to find a lasting solution to the issue. read more