Deepa Malik has been given a cash reward of Rs Four Crore (£488,000/$600,000/€541,000) by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi after becoming the country’s first-ever female Paralympic medallist with a silver in the shot put F53 at Rio 2016.
Malik, who registered a personal best throw of 4.61 metres to finish runner-up to Bahrain’s Fatema Nedham, received the cheque from Modi at a ceremony in Gurgaon in Haryana from where she hails.
It was handed over in the presence of Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at an event also attended by Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana's Chief Minister, and Anil Vij, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister of Haryana.
The Indian Government announced in September that cash rewards will be given to the country's Rio 2016 Paralympic Games medal winners.
Thawaarchand Gehlot, the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, said that the financial rewards are being given as part of the "Awareness Generation and Publicity" (AGP) scheme.
The three other Indian Paralympic medallists at Rio 2016 were Mariyappan Thangavelu and Devendra Jhajharia, winners of the men’s high jump T42 and men’s javelin throw F46 respectively, and Varun Singh Bhati, the third-place finisher in the men’s high jump T42.
Combined with Malik’s silver, the medal haul bettered India's previous best of two silvers and two bronzes at the 1984 Games in New York City and Stoke Mandeville.
In September, it was announced Paralympic athletes will be eligible for India's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in future after being overlooked for this year's prize.
Rio 2016 Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, who also comes from Haryana, were among four recipients of the 2016 accolade - the highest sporting honour in India.
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai were also honoured during a ceremony in New Delhi but the quartet of Indians who won medals at the Paralympics were not considered, sparking controversy.
Following widespread criticism for failing to honour Paralympic athletes, Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel promised, during a celebratory dinner, that they would definitely be in the running for future editions of the prestigious sports award.