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Friday, January 21st, 2022


INVC,, Shimla,, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister announced a reward of Rs. 35 lakh to Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, Shri Vijay Kumar Sharma, a serving soldier in the Indian Armed Forces, for winning three Gold and one Silver Medal in XIX Commonwealth Games at New Delhi in different shooting events. He was addressing the Valedictory Function of Centenary Celebration of World Girl Guiding – 2010, of The Bharat Scouts and Guides, State-level function, organized at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Ghumarwin in district Bilaspur, after he laid foundation-stone of Science Laboratory of the school, estimated to cost Rs. 94.37 lakh, today. Chief Minister said that it was proud moment to the people of Himachal Pradesh since one of its youth had earned laurel to the nation and the State by winning record four medals in different shooting events. He congratulated Shri Vijay Kumar Sharma and his family on his own behalf and on behalf of the people of Himachal Pradesh for winning medals for the country. He said that State Government had decided to reward a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh to any Himachali sportsperson winning Gold Medal in any of the international events, Rs. 5 lakh for winning Silver Medal and Rs. 3 lakh for winning Bronze Medal. He said that since Shri Vijay Kumar Sharma had won three Gold and one Silver Medal in the Commonwealth Games and would be eligible to get a cash prize of Rs. 35 lakh for his outstanding achievements in the field of sports. He also announced Rs. 5 lakh for opening of a veterinary dispensary in native village of Shri Vijay Kumar Sharma, Harsour in district Hamirpur, subject to availability of land and one hand pump as requested by his family. Prof. Dhumal congratulated office bearers of Bharat Scouts and Guides, Himachal Pradesh, for completing 100 years of its formation. He said that it was proud movement for any organization for having successfully completed one century of its constitution. He said that the movement had come of a long way beginning from 11 girls at the time of its formation and now having spread to 216 countries worldwide. He said that such movements were of immense importance when the entire world was passing through critical phase of terrorism threats putting life of common-man in peril. He lauded contribution of Dr. O.P.Sharma, State Chief Commissioner, for reviving the organization and introducing the movement in more educational institutions in the State. Chief Minister appreciated the theme ‘Beti Hai Anmol’ of the centenary celebration since the State Government was according highest priority to women empowerment. He said that two girl child were being provided Rs. 5,100 each at the time of their birth deposited in the Bank for 18 years so that by the time



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