After directing the sportspersons employed with it to deposit one-third of their earnings from commercial and professional commitments to the state sports council, the Haryana state government has put the controversial order on hold.

The government order had drawn flak from the sports personalities of the state. Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar took to Twitter on Friday to announce the decision. "I have asked for the relevant file of Sports Department to be shown to me & the notification dated 30th April to be put on hold till further orders.We are proud of the immense contribution by our sportspersons & I assure them of a just consideration of all issues affecting them," Khattar tweeted.

Earlier, in a notification issued by principal secretary of the sports and youths welfare department Ashok Khemka, the Haryana government had ordered sportspersons from the state to hand over one-third of their income from participation or endorsements. The amount, it was said, will be used for development of sports in the state.

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