Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has recommended Olympic silver medallist pistol shooter Vijay Kumar for “Rajiv Gandhi Khel Rattan Award”. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Rattan Award is highest award in sports category in India.

Chief Minister said that the Himachal Pradesh State Government in recognition to his contribution and achievements had announced a cash award of Rs. one crore and also decided to honour him with “Himachal Gourav Award” on Independence Day i.e. 15th August, 2012.