Chennai: Hailing the gold medal winning effort of high jumper T Mariyappan in the Paralympics at Rio De Janerio, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced a cash prize of Rs two crore on par with Olympic gold medal winners from Tamil Nadu.
In a congratulatory letter to Mariyappan, a delighted Ms Jayalalithaa said this was the first time an Indian has won a gold medal in the High Jump event in the Paralympics.
''By leaping over a height of 1.
89 metres, you have leapt into history and done both the Nation and the State of Tamil Nadu proud'', she added.
''Your achievement, overcoming several obstacles and hurdles, will inspire more and more children and youth to overcome adversities and to participate and strive for greater achievements'', the Chief Minister said.
''Kindly accept my heartiest congratulations on behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu on your splendid achievement'', she said and announced that the State Government has decided to award a cash prize of Rs two crores on par with Olympic Gold Medal winners from Tamil Nadu.
''I congratulate you and all those who have contributed to your success.
May you stand forth as a beacon of hope for all those striving to achieve success in their chosen fields overcoming all odds'', she said.