Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily has announced a financial support of Rs. five lakhs to the family of Arjuna Awardee sportsman late Makhan Singh.
"After having heard the news about the distress status of the family of Late Makhan Singh, Arjuna Awardee, I have discussed the matter with the President, Petroleum Sports Promotion Board who is also CMD, GAIL, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to consider release of immediate relief to the family of Late Makhan Singh," Dr. Moily said in a statement made here today.
"After considering the distress status of family, President, Petroleum Sports Promotion Board has agreed to release a sum of Rs. 5 lakhs to the family of Late Makhan Singh. The cheque will be presented to them during next week at New Delhi," he added.
Makhan Singh was an Indian athlete during the 1960s. He was born in Bathulla village in the Hoshiarpur district of Punjab. His primary claim to fame came as a result of his victory over Milkha Singh in the 1962 National Games in Calcutta. He won a number of gold medals in National Games, and represented India in the 1962 Asian Games. (ANI)