Imphal, Aug 14 (IANS) The Manipur government has
increased the cash reward and other benefits for Olympic bronze
medallist M.C. Mary Kom, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said
"The government has increased the cash reward of
London Olympics medal winning boxer Mary Kom from Rs.50 lakh to Rs.75
lakh. She will also be promoted to the rank of superintendent of police
from the present deputy superintendent of Manipur Police," Singh told a
gathering after unfurling the national flag here at Independence Day
He said three other sportspersons from Manipur who
took part in the London Olympics -- L. Devendro Singh (boxing), L.
Bombayla Devi (archery) and Ng Soniya Chanu (weightlifting) -- would
also be given Rs.20 lakh each and government jobs according to their
The Manipur government last week announced an award of Rs.50 lakh for Mary Kom.
The state government said Mary Kom would also be given two acres of land at Meitei Langol village on the outskirts of Imphal.
Manipur government official told reporters here other organisations and
states which had announced cash award for the ace pugilist included
Assam government (Rs.20 lakh), Arunachal Pradesh government (Rs.10
lakh), North Eastern Council (Rs.40 lakh) and union ministry of tribal
affairs (Rs.10 lakh).