KARACHI Indias Sports Ministry has offered huge financial awards to the potential medal winners at the Commonwealth Games but sports organisers have criticised the amount on offer, according to information available here Monday. Indian Sports Minister MS Gills announced the decision to offer Rs 20 lakh for gold, Rs 10 lakh for silver and Rs 6 lakh for bronze. Pakistan sports authorities has so far have not announced any financial rewards for medal winners. In the previous government under General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan also had a system under which medals winners at Olympics and Asian Games were awarded big amounts. However, the current government has not announced any financial incentives for Pakistani athletes for Commonwealth Games and Asian Games which will be held in China in November. The Indian sports administrators, however, slammed the amount on offer and said it was just the same as it was in the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. The prize money given to gold, silver and bronze medal winners was Rs 20 lakh, Rs 10 lakh and Rs 6 lakh respectively then. But after eight years, maintaining the prize money at the level of 2002 was ridiculous, the critics added. The prize money for the Commonwealth Games 2006 in Melbourne was Rs 10 lakh, Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh for gold, silver and bronze winners respectively. Interestingly, as per Indian government policy, the highest amount given to an athlete for getting a medal in the Olympics is Rs 50 lakh. Till date, that has been Abhinav Bindra who won the gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The prize money for the other mega sports events like the Asiad and the Commonwealth Games, say officials, is usually significantly lower than this amount.