Nine months after the Haryana government decided to appoint five Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallists as deputy superintendents of police, the issue remains in limbo.
On June 30 last, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, under the new recruitment policy, had offered the post of DSP to gold medal winners Vikas Krishan Yadav (boxing), Sanam Krishan Singh (Tennis), Krishna Punia (athletics), Ravinder Sangwan (wrestling) and Paramjeet Singh Samota (boxing), but the government had failed to issue appointment letters so far.
Hindustan Times, on February 11, had highlighted the grievance of players, who rued the tedious recruitment process.
Vikas Krishan Yadav, Asian lightweight boxing champion, 2010, had told HT that three months ago, he got a letter from the sports department seeking his consent to join the post of DSP. "I responded positively, but have not received the appointment letter so far. I came to know that none of the five sportspersons, who were offered the job, were contacted by the state government regarding employment offers."
Virender Punia, coach-cum-husband of Commonwealth discuss throw champion Krishna Punia, said, "Despite fulfilling essential criteria and filling required forms, we are waiting for the appointment letter."
Commonwealth boxing superheavyweight champion Paramjeet Samota said, "I was happy when the chief minister announced that gold medallists in Commonwealth Games and Asian games will be recruited as DSPs, but nine months have passed and it had remained an announcement only."
The 'indifference' of the state government can be gauged from the fact that sports minister Sukhbeer Kataria has denied to set any timeframe to appoint sportspersons as DSPs. He told HT that the sports ministry had not yet contacted the chief minister over the issue.