Win a medal at the Olympics; get an out-of-turn promotion at work. The Cabinet put its seal of approval to a scheme to give its sportspersons a guaranteed promotion at work if they win a medal at any prestigious international sporting championship.
"Sportspersons who win a medal at sporting events such as Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games or a world championship will be entitled to the promotion," a senior official at the department of personnel and training (DoPT) told HT.
This scheme would also cover sportspersons who break a national record at important domestic sporting events.
Significantly, disabled sportspersons who participate at events such as the Paralympic Olympics would also be covered.
In case of a team event such as hockey, the entire team would be entitled for the promotion. There would be an upper limit of 3 out-of-turn promotions.
A formal announcement is expected on Friday.
The official said this scheme would help boost morale of the Indian contingent that is set to fly to London as well as others who aspire to make a career in sports.
The government - which has a 5% quota for sportspersons - is the largest employer of professional sportspersons.
"Out of 81 athletes who have qualified for the Olympics, 64 work in the government or public sector undertakings," an official at the sports ministry, which closely worked on this proposal with the government's human resource manager, the DoPT, said.
"This is a very positive initiative by DoPT for the sportspersons since there was no uniform policy. There were departments that recognised its sportspersons but there were many others, that did not," he said.
The move, that comes days before the 2012 Olympics begins in London, was initiated weeks before the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi when the department of personnel and training sought suggestions from all departments.