Anil Vij donates Rs.50 lakhs to sport event, faces criticism

30 Aug 2016 | By Rishikesh Malkhede
Anil Vij in trouble again

Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij became the centre of controversy after he donated Rs.50 lakhs to spiritual organization, Dera Sacha Sauda.

Vij was at the Dera headquarters when he announced that he would donate Rs.50 lakhs to the organization.

Criticizing the move, Ali Anwar of Janta Dal-United said that it was public money and should be given to those who need it.

In context: Anil Vij in trouble again

AboutIntroduction: Anil Vij

Anil Vij is a politician from Haryana belonging to the Bhartiya Janata Party.

He is a cabinet minister in Government of Haryana and handles the Department of Health, Department of Elections and the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs of Haryana.

Anil Vij recently came under scanner after he visited the Rio Olympics with an eight member delegation, spending over Rs.1 crore.

Social Welfare OrganizationDera Sacha Sauda

Dera Sacha Sauda is a Haryana based Social Welfare and Spiritual Organization which was founded in 1948 by Mastana Balochistani.

The organization is known to conduct welfare activities, some of them being blood donation camps, which helped during the natural disaster in Uttarakhand floods and fire in Kolkata.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is the current leader of the organization.

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The Tiranga Rumal Chhu League, a tournament sponsored by MSG All Trading Company was held in Sirsa, Haryana from 22-28 August.

Sports like athletics, kabaddi, kho-kho, judo and circle kabbi were played during the tournament, which saw participation of athletes from India as well as Canada and Australia.

The winning team was given a prize of Rs.50 lakhs while the runner-up received Rs.30 lakhs.

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30 Aug 2016Anil Vij donates Rs.50 lakhs to sport event, faces criticism

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I am the owner of the donated money: Vij

Defending himself, Anij Vij said that he is the owner of the money and has donated the money from his own discretionary fund. He also added that he would have donated more money if he had the power to do so.