PV Sindhu has taken women empowerment to another level by showing brave efforts winning the Olympic silver at Rio. Preparations for the South-Indian’s grand welcome are at up front by two of the major states Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Telangana separated from Andhra Pradesh in the year 2014 after a long struggle aggravating the political rivalry between K Chandrashekhar Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu.
The two states have been in a cut-throat competition in rewarding the badminton star. The Telangana government led the list, declaring cash award of Rs 5 crore as well as 1000 sq yards of land for Hyderabad-based Sindhu, besides a job to her. Chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao also declared a cash prize of Rs 1 crore for Sindhu’s coach Pullela Gopichand for his badminton academy.
Sindhu, incidentally, has also been offered a Group 1 officer’s job by the Andhra government. She has also been awarded Rs 75 lakh by her employers, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, which has also promoted her to deputy manager (sports) from the assistant manager.
The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi announced Rs 2 crore for Sindhu and Rs 1 crore for Sakshi on Saturday. Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia made the announcement during a visit to Malik’s house in Haryana’s Rohtak. There he met the wrestler’s parents. Sisodia also recommended a promotion for Malik’s father Sukhbir who works as a conductor with Delhi Transport Corporation.
“There is a need to encourage sports personalities. Like Sania Mirza, who brought laurels by winning several tournaments after encouragement by the government. We hope Sindhu will also bring many laurels by winning many more tournaments in the future. She is coming to Hyderabad on August 22. The Cabinet has decided to accord her a grand reception,” Rao said.