In an announcement made by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Thawaarchand Gehhlot, cash awards of a total of Rs. 90 lakhs will be given to medal winners of Rio Paralympics 2016.
This award will be under the Awareness Generation and Publicity (AGP) scheme of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Mariyappan Thangavelu and Devendra Jhajharia will be awarded Rs. 30 lakh for their gold medal, Deepa Malik with Rs. 20 Lakh for her silver medal and Varun Singh Bhati with Rs. 10 Lakh for his bronze medal.
Thawaarchand Gehlot said, “Indian Para-athletes bagged impressive four medals at the Rio Paralympics 2016 and made history. The success of para athletes has made India proud. The department has decided to award cash prize of total Rs 90 lakh to medal winners.”