first_img Next Aditya K Halder New DelhiSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 16:48 IST AP PhotoArjuna award winner Swapna Barman has been denied the piece of land that was reportedly promised by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during a show on a news channel last year, following her Asian Games gold medal.The 22-year-old athlete has been asking the government to provide her with a permanent residence close to the Sports Authority of India complex in Kolkata since September 2018. However, close to a year has been passed since then and the government officials are yet to keep their promise.The state government did provide her a makeshift solution by giving her a small rented apartment close to the training base.Mail Today has learnt that the athlete has been making repeated request to the urban development ministry to provide her with the promised land but her pleas fell on deaf ears; leaving Swapna, who refused to comment on the matter, frustrated and unhappy with the situation.When the paper contacted OSD to minister of urban development and municipal affairs, Aftab Ahmed, to ask why the athlete was denied the land promised, the officer said their proposal for the land was rejected by the state’s finance ministry (led by Amit Mitra) and there is nothing the urban development ministry could do.”There’s nothing our ministry can do to help Swapna Barman as our proposal to grant her a piece of land was rejected by the finance ministry and is out of our reach now,” said Ahmed, before denying any further questions on the issue.It is also worth mentioning that this is probably the first time that a West Bengal athlete is going through such an ordeal as former heptathlete from the state Soma Biswas, who won silver in 2002 Asiad, was provided with a piece of land by the preceding government. Apart from that, archer Dola Banerjee (2010 CWG gold medallist), paddlers Mouma Das and Polomi Ghatak, and swimmer Bula Chaudhary (all Arjuna awardees) were also gifted lands during the earlier regime.advertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Swapna Barman Asian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman denied land promised by West Bengal governmentSwapna Barman has been asking the government to provide her with a permanent residence close to the Sports Authority of India complex in Kolkata since September 2018.advertisementlast_img

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