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Indian paralympic gold medalists to receive cash prizes from government

The Sports Ministry has announced that para-athletes who win gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games will get the same cash prize from the government as the Olympians.

Out of the 19 Indian para-athletes, if any para-athlete wins gold medal at the Paralympics, the ministry will award them with cash prize of Rs 75 lakh.

Silver and bronze medalists will be awarded Rs 50 lakh and Rs 30 lakh respectively.

The initiative is to acknowledge the efforts of the athletes and encourage people with disabilities to take part in events.

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