Devendra Jhajharia to be awarded Rs 75 lakhs cash prize by Rajasthan Government

Ace javelin thrower and a recent gold medallist, Devendra Jhajharia to be awarded a cash prize of Rs 75 lakhs post his heroic win at the Rio Paralympics, announced the Rajasthan Government. Jhajharia, along with the cash prize, will also be allotted a 200 sq metre plot in the state capital Jaipur and a 25 ‘Bigha’ land in Ganganagar. Devendra Jhajharia had won the country a second gold medal at the Rio Paralymics F46 event on Wednesday. He also played the part of India’s flagbearer at the Rio Paralymics.

Jhajharia’s gold medal accounts for India’s fourth gold in Paralympics history. The 36-year old broke his own record of 62:15 metres created in 2014 by a sharp throw of 63:97 metres in 2016. He is the first Paralympian athlete with an amputated hand to receive the Padma Shri Award. Jhajharia had lost his left hand at the age of 8 due to electrocution. However, he stayed determined and trained hard to participate in para-athletics in 1995.

He was also named as the para-sportsperson of the year in 2014 by FICCI. Among his many great achievements, Devender Jhajharia is also the 2nd Indian to win gold at the Rio Olympics after Mariyappan Thangavelu for men’s high jump.

Gold medallist Jhajharia is an employee of the Indian Railways  and lives with his wife and daughter in the Churu district of Rajasthan. He is also a member of the Paralympics committee of Rajasthan.