Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar helped Tejaswini Sawant when she needed financial help to take part in a shooting world championship in Germany. Sawant has expressed her grief saying that she could not thank the chief minister enough for his generosity.
The shooter said, “It was a brief meeting with Parrikar along with family friend and senior BJP leader Chandrakant Patil. He just listened to my performance and estimated the expenditure. He then signed a cheque for me immediately.”
“The amount was around Rs 1 lakh and it was the most needed help for me that changed my entire career,” she added.
It immensely inspired her and she had done extremely well scoring 397 and 396 out of 400 in two rounds of the event. She was also successful in securing a place among the mainstream shooters to represent India. She improved day by day and became the first Indian woman shooter who won a gold medal at the World Championships.
“I could do it only because of two people. First, Manohar Parrikar for his trust and financial support, and then Chandrakant Patil, who took my case to Parrikar,” she said.
While expressing her grief over his death, she said that “I regret that I could never thank Parrikar properly for his contribution in my life and career.”
Maharashtra’s current revenue minister, Patil said, “He was like that (generous). In case of Tejaswini, Parrikar helped her in his own capacity. He didn’t use the government’s money. Though he spent from his pocket, he never brought up the issue in our subsequent conversations,” Patil said.

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