Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh government woke up from deep slumber after media highlighted the plight of 2011 Special Olympic medalist Sita Sahu and sanctioned an aid of Rs 1 lakh for her. Notably, abject poverty has forced the poor girl to stop going to school and sell street food.

 Sita, a native of MP’s Rewa district, had won two bronze medals for India in 2001 Athens Special Olympics in 200 m and 1600 m race competitions and brought laurels to her country and state. In 2011, when the team was leaving for Athens, state Minister for Social Justice and Panchayat, Gopal Bhargawa, had promised that gold medalists, silver medalists and bronze medalists would be rewarded with Rs 1 lakh, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.

But ironically, when the winners returned from Athens, the government forgot its promise. Sita’s father recently fell ill and given the financial constrains, she was forced to earn livelihood for her family by selling street food. She wanted to continue her studies as well as excell in the field of sports but had to shun her ambitions.

When the plight of the promising athlete appeared in media, state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sanctioned Rs 1 lakh for Sita Sahu.


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