The Haryana government has decided to amend service rules to allow its employee players to participate in professional tournaments.
The government affidavit prepared in response to the suo motu proceedings initiated in the case of boxer Vijender Singh entering professional boxing states the employee players could be enabled with “special dispensation” of the service rules/conduct rules for a period of five years to allow them pursue their fields while in service.
The government response has come in the suo motu petition initiated by the Punjab and Haryana high court following news reports that without informing the government, boxer Vijender Singh had entered professional boxing contract with a UK firm. The Olympic medal winner is a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) with the Haryana government.
The government affidavit says that Vijender Singh had been allowed to enter into professional career and sign contracts for further honing his skills “whichever way he deems fit.” Singh, who had approached the government seeking one-year leave, has already left to United Kingdom last week to undergo training sessions at Queensberry Promotions Limited.
The government has said in the affidavit that Vijender was given job in police department for his exceptional performance in the past. “Considering the fact that such sportspersons have a limited shelf life at the international and national level, the service rules/conduct rules governing such icons/sportsmen recruited at different levels need to be modified to sign contracts/ endorsements/participate in professional or amateur games/ championship at different levels,” the government affidavit says further stating that the special privilege might be provided for a period of five years after which it could be reviewed by a committee headed by administrative secretary in charge of home department whether it be continued or not after taking stock in an individual case.
The government submitted the affidavit in the court. However, it was not taken on record by the division bench of justice SK Mittal and justice Sneh Prashar and posted the matter for further hearing on October 13 while directing the government to file it through registry.
The government has also stated that sports department would also be informed accordingly about the decision. It has also been decided that the director, public relations department of the state, would make efforts to rope in sportspersons to engage in social campaigns for the eradication of social evils. The affidavit, filed by Subhash Chandra Goel, secretary home department to Haryana, also says that Vijender had told the government about his intention to take coaching and to enter into a contract with Queensberry promotions. But it has denied having knowledge of Vijender Singh entering into any agreement so far.