Young Shooter Manu Bhaker's Query On Cash Reward Piques Haryana Minister

Young Shooter Manu Bhaker

Just A Jumla?": Ace Shooter Manu Bhaker's Query On Cash Reward 

New Delhi: A controversy was triggered between the sports minister of Haryana and  ace shooter Manu Bhaker. The social media platform witnessed the clash between the two over a promised cash reward on Friday.

Thr rift between the two started off by a tweet from the 16-year-old sportsperson, who wondered if Mr Vij actually intended to honour his promise of giving her a cash reward of Rs. 2 crore for winning the Youth Olympic Games-2018. The shooter's tweeted contained screenshots from the politician's Twitter handle and a simple query: "Sir, Please confirm if it is correct... Or just Jumla (false promise)..."

The screenshot contained, the state sports minister Mr Vij announcing that Haryana's BJP-led administration will grant the sportsperson a cash prize of Rs. 2 crore, as opposed to the Rs. 10-lakh monetary awards given by previous governments. The 16 year old shooter's question gave rise to an uproar on social media, forcing the politician to come forth again with a clarification that the government does intend to award her. And then came the rebukes.

"Manu Bhaker should have first confirmed it from the sports department before posting (such questions) on the public domain. It is disgusting to denounce a state government that's giving the highest awards in the country. Bhaker will get the Rs. 2 crore as tweeted by me, and as per the notification at the time," Mr Vij tweeted.

He was not done.

"There should be some sense of discipline in players. Bhaker should feel sorry for creating this controversy. She has a long way to go. She should focus on her game only," the politician said in another tweet.

Later, the chief minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar later weighed in on Mr Vij's behalf too. "Manu Bhaker will get award money as per the rules of the department, but tweeting over it is not good. I think nobody should have a problem with the rules," he said.

The young sportsperson, who hails from Goria village in Jhajjar, has made her mark in shooting ranges across the world, winning multiple golds in the ISSF World Cup and Commonwealth Games. She also scored the top prize at the Youth Olympics last October. 

Even earlier, the sportspersons had feuded with the Haryana government over a controversial order requiring them to deposit one-third of their income from professional sports or commercial endorsements with the state sports council. Later the order was suspended by Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.