Sourav Ganguly receives lifetime achievement award as Mamata government spends big on sports

The Chief Minister felicitated 64 sports persons including former India captain Sourav Ganguly and tennis ace Leander Paes, both of whom were conferred Lifetime Achievement Awards of Rs five lakh each, while financial assistance was given to 5300 clubs of Rs two lakh and Rs one lakh each.

updated: September 28, 2013 19:02 IST
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Kolkata: Reeling under an acute funds crunch, the West Bengal government on Saturday spent a fortune in felicitating sport persons and giving donations to local clubs across the state.

The government expended a whopping amount of Rs 65 crore, more than half of the annual budget of the sports department of Rs 113 crore, in felicitating 64 sport persons and giving donations to 5300 clubs.

"We are the first state to award so many sports persons from several disciplines. By this, we want to encourage them to give their best and take West Bengal to the No. 1 position in the sports world," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told at a function here.

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