Kerala announces Rs 2 cr, promotion for P.R. Sreejesh

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 11 (IANS) Facing criticism for not honouring new Indian hockey icon P.R. Sreejesh, the Kerala government, after the weekly cabinet meeting, on Wednesday announced that it will give a cash award of Rs 2 crore and a promotion to him.

Sreejesh, the goalkeeper and former captain of the team, was part of the squad that won an Olympic medal for India after four decades.

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State Sports Minister V. Abdurahiman also announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh each to seven other Keralites, who donned represented the country in various other disciplines at the recently-concluded Tokyo Olympics.

He said that Sreejesh, who is presently employed as Chief Sports Organiser with the Kerala Education Department, has been promoted to the rank of Joint Director.

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On Monday, UAE-based VPS Healthcare’s Chairman and Managing Director Shamsheer Vayalil announced a cash reward of Rs 1 crore to Sreejesh.

The Congress-led opposition has been flaying the Pinarayi Vijayan government for not announcing a reward for Sreejesh, following which state Education Minister V. Sivankutty said in the ongoing Assembly session that the government will do its duty.

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On Tuesday, Sreejesh returned to a rousing welcome at his home town Kochi and after the reception, returned to Delhi.

–IANS

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