Double bonanza for silver medallist Vijay Kumar?

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New Delhi, Aug 8: Ace shooter Vijay Kumar having threatened to quit his service following no promotion, Army is now thinking of giving him a promotion and a cash award of Rs 30 lakh for his incredible feat at Olympics 2012 as he bagged a silver medal in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event.

Unhappy with the current scenario, Kumar had said being a sport person, he also had expectations and he had not received promotion following which he had threatened to quit the services.

"I had done the country proud by winning at major events in 2006, Delhi 2010 (CWG) and London 2012 and was expecting promotion and decorations. As sportspersons we also have expectations," Kumar said.

"I had joined the army after which I took up shooting and now this sport is my focus. I will make my plans for my life accordingly," he told Times Now.

"I want to be able to think about my future. There are many offers coming in," he said.

He also said that the Sports Minister had already said that he would offer Kumar a job in the Sports Authority of India after the feat.

"I hope Army will offer me a job of the same level then I will stay in it."

Following the development, Army Sports Control Board also informed the sports ministry that Kumar can get two out-of turn promotions as a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and be made a Subedar major. But according to the shooter, these were due before winning the silver medal.

Earlier Sports minister Ajay Maken had sent a letter urging the defence ministry to bring changes in its rules and come up with promotions for outstanding sportspersons at par with civilian promotion scales.

Things seem to be sorted out for the time-being as the shooter is all set to receive a cash prize of Rs 30 lakh by the Army.

According to the Army officials, the shooter is all set to get all his dues as the Army is proud of the shooter and his achievements.

Meanwhile, the defence ministry has also planned to make separate announcements about the cash award.

The reaction of Army officials comes in the wake of Vijay Kumar's decision to quit the Army if there were no promotions at his work place, following his achievements in the last few years.

Vijay Kumar, a Subedar with 16 Dogra Regiment, the shooter has not received a promotion since 6 years, despite his good performance at national and international events.

Himachal Pradesh government has announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore for his achievement but the shooter is not happy as his state government has not recognised the achievement yet.

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