Hockey: Maharashtra govt honours Walmiki

first_imgThe Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh and a job for hockey player Yuvraj Walmiki, one of the stars of the team that won the Asian Champions Trophy in Ordos, China, this week.The youngster was on target during the tiebreaker which decided the final against Pakistan.Walmiki’s family lives in a small garage in a building compound in Mumbai and after a news report highlighted this fact, the state government said that it will provide them a decent home while announcing a cash award and a job for the player.Walmiki’s home doesn’t family has to go to neighbouring buildings for their ablutions. The family also doesn’t have an electricity connection.In fact, the dwelling is so small that Walmiki’s medals have to share space with family utensils that lie on the floor.On Wednesday, however, things began to change as the state government announced the cash award for Walmiki.The opposition Shiv Sena, which controls BEST – the energy supplying utility – then also got in to the act and asked it to provide the family a electricity connection.Later in the day, Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aditya felicitated Walmiki at their Bandra residence ‘Matoshree’.last_img

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