Although Odisha govt says that the sprinter received over Rs 4 crore assistance, she says it’s not correct
New Delhi: A day after ace sprinter Dutee Chand tried to douse the controversy regarding the sale of her BMW to finance her 2021 Olympics training, the Odisha government on Thursday revealed that a sum of Rs 4.09 crore has been given to her since 2015.
Chand recently put up a Facebook post stating that she plans to sell her car to meet the training expenses for the Tokyo Olympics. Although she deleted her post, this was not after it had made headlines in various news outlets across India and some sharp reactions from the sporting fraternity.
On Wednesday, Chand took to Twitter to clarify the matter. She wrote, “I took to social media to sell my car BMW. I don't have the resources to maintain luxury cars, though I love them. I never expressed that I am selling it to fund my training.”
She added, “Odisha government and my own KIIT University have always supported me. This does not deny the fact that my training is very expensive, especially for the 2021 Olympics. Odisha government and my own KIIT University have always supported me. This does not deny the fact that my training is very expensive, especially for the 2021 Olympics.”
The details of the clarification post by her can be read below.
On Thursday, in a statement from the Department of Sports and Youth Services, the Odisha government said, “The total financial support provided to Dutee Chand from State government/OMC is Rs 4.09 crore (after 2015).” The statement added, “Rs 3 crore as financial incentive for medals won at Asian Games 2018; Rs 30 lakh for training and financial support during 2015-19; Rs 50 lakh for training support for Tokyo Olympics released in two instalments.”
Chand, however, stated that this Rs 4.09 crore paints a wrong picture as the Odisha government gave her rs 3 crore as a prize money for winning two silver medals in the 20118 Asian Games. This is something that any other medal winner gets from the state government and should not be considered as financial support for training.
Odisha government added that they had appointed Chand in Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC)as a Group-A level officer. They provided Rs 29 lakh support to her training and also other financial incentives. Chand, however, stated that the amount also included her salary.
The government also added that she drew a gross salary of Rs 84,604 per month from OMC. This contradicts the claim that Chand made on Wednesday that she gets Rs 60,000. The statement said, “She is currently drawing a gross salary of Rs 84,604 (June 2020 Salary) per month. She is not required to come to office so that she is able to concentrate full-time on training. Accordingly, since her appointment in OMC, no official work has been allotted to Chand.”
As of now, Chand said that she no longer plans to sell her car and that she has been offered financial support from Nirmala Sitharaman, the union finance minister, and Kiren Rijiju the sports minister. They called her a few days back to which she “politely” told them that she will approach them when in need.