Of late, the jobs in Haryana Police for international medallist sportspersons offered by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government have become a major motivation for the youth to pursue sports seriously. But the way the sportspersons are getting jobs, they not only have to toil hard to win the medals in the international arena, but also have to invest time in lobbing to get their due. And in some cases, those allegedly close to the chief minister have got jobs despite lacking merit.
Khap interference for promotion
Recently, world championship medallist boxer Kavita Chahal, who was a head constable even after being conferred with the country's highest sports award - Arjuna award --- had to seek the help of Chahal khap panchayat to get promoted as inspector.
After getting the Arjuna award in August last year, Kavita pursued her case and even repeatedly approached the CM office, but to no avail. Finally, she had to take the help of Chahal khap panchayat. After winning a medal in an invitational tournament in Europe last week, the members of the panchayat met Hooda at his Delhi residence where he announced her promotion.
Winning simple dangal becomes rewarding
In November last year during a wrestling event organised in memory of his father Ranbir Singh, CM Hooda announced the appointment of the winner, Sumit, to the post of inspector and runner-up, Satyavart, to the post of sub-inspector. According to the government's sports policy, only medal winners at major international events get the jobs of sub-inspector and inspector rank. But the competition on the basis of which the wrestlers got the job was not even a recognised national championship.
"How come winning a dangal get one the job of an inspector? Whereas there are several Commonwealth Games medallists who are still sub-inspectors?" wondered back-to-back CWG medallist Seema Antil, who is a sub-inspector. "So either you are close to the CM or you have a strong lobby to support you. Sporting achievements come next," she claimed.
Honour for one, ignoring rest
In 2010, Mamta Sodha was appointed as a DSP after she climbed Mount Everest. She was also given a cash award of Rs 21 lakh for the feat. Encouraged by Sodha's feat and the incentives she got, the very next year six mountaineers from the state achieved the feat, but none of them got anything.
"We all were very happy at what all Sodha had got. But her case was pursued by a group of IAS officers, so she got her due easily. But in our case we are still running from pillar to post," said one of the six climbers. "Later, the government announced that they would appoint us as assistant sub-inspectors and to even get that we had approached our local MLAs to put pressure on the government, but to no avail."
There have been instances of sportspersons getting the job of DSP after putting pressure on the government.