Haryana chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday announced an employment guarantee policy for outstanding sportspersons of the state.
The policy includes offer of employment in government departments, boards and corporations, reservation of seats for admission to professional or technical institutes and universities and setting up of a Haryana Sports Development Fund.
The chief minister who announced the policy at a press conference said sportspersons would be offered employment opportunities in government departments, boards and corporations on the basis of their achievements.
He said that till now the government was offering jobs to outstanding sportspersons only in police department. However under the new policy, medal winners in Olympics and gold medal winners in Asian Games would be offered the posts of Class-II gazetted officers in government departments, boards and corporations.
Silver and bronze medal winners in Asian Games and gold and silver medal winners of Commonwealth Games and gold medal winners of World Championships organized by sports federations would be offered Class-III posts.
Hooda said suitable employment opportunities in government departments, boards and corporations would also be offered to the participants of Olympics, winners of bronze medals in Commonwealth Games, winners of silver and bronze medals in World Championships organized by Sports Federations and medal winners in Asian Championships.
He said that it has also been decided to reserve 3 % seats for sportspersons in professional or technical institutes and universities. This decision would be implemented from 2011-12 in all government and non-government professional and technical institutes and universities.
The chief minister said it has also been decided in-principle to set up a sports development fund with corpus fund of Rs five crore. He said that the fund would provide financial assistance for welfare of sportspersons. It would also cover welfare of former players. The government would seek cooperation of government and non-government institutes and industrial houses for this fund.