In a move that aims to promote sports and encourage sportspersons, the Uttar Pradesh government now plans to provide Class I and II category jobs also to outstanding players of the state.
Till now only class III category jobs were given to outstanding sportspersons that was largely responsible for top state players taking up jobs in MNCs or other states.
According to the new scheme, sportspersons winning gold medals at the Olympics would be made Class I officers in departments like sports and youth welfare, home (police), education, electricity board, roadways and panchayats. All these departments are considered to be having a vital role in promotion of sports.
Silver and bronze medallists at Olympics and gold medallists at Asian and Commonwealth Games (CWG) would be provided jobs in Class II category, whereas participants at Olympics, silver and bronze medallists at the Asian and Commonwealth Games, medal winners of world championships and world cups and Asian and Commonwealth championships would be considered for Class III posts.
Under the proposed scheme achievements of sportspersons after March 2005 would be considered and services of those sportspersons would principally be used for promotion of sports. They will be encouraged and provided enabling environment to continue playing and achieving high goals in their respective sports events for at least five years. Their performance assessment will be linked to their sporting achievements, and they would also be roped in to help Uttar Pradesh Sports Directorate and the Youth Welfare Department for participation, training or supervision of various tournaments etc.
These new posts will be in addition to the regular cadre strength in all the concerned departments.
The eligible medal winners who join a department in a particular category of post will be exempted from the requisite professional qualifications but will be required to complete special and professional courses prescribed by the department in a given time frame.
“We do have two per cent sports quota in government jobs for outstanding sportspersons, but medal winners at Olympics etc don’t like to join us in Class III category,” secretary, sports Bhuvanesh Kumar told HT on Thursday.
“Though other states have similar policies for sportspersons, we are preparing our own, taking into consideration various aspects beneficial to sportspersons,” he said, adding, “I hope that we may be able to get it (new scheme) implemented from the next financial year.”