Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has announced a cash reward of Rs 75 lakh and a suitable state government job for Shanglakpam Nilakanta Sharma, a member of the Indian men’s hockey team that bagged the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

On Thursday, Biren Singh spoke to Nilakanta over the phone and assured him a suitable state government job. He also congratulated all the players of the Indian hockey team for winning the bronze medal.

CM Biren Singh told Nilakanta that he will be given a cash award of Rs 75 lakh as announced earlier.

The Chief Minister had said that a player from the state earning a gold medal in the Olympic will get Rs 1.2 crore, silver medal Rs 1 crore and Rs 75 lakh for a bronze medal.

N Biren Singh further assured him, saying, “As you have become an Olympics medalist, I won’t keep you as a ticket collector. Like I told Mirabai (Chanu) the last time, I won’t keep you as a ticket collector. Moreover, the state government will provide you a suitable job. So be ready.”

Nilakanta Sharma is a resident of Kontha Ahallup Makha Leikai area of Manipur’s Imphal East district.