The selection process adopted by Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) for filling up 45 posts of junior coach, kho-kho-kabaddi, has been challenged before the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Taking up a petition filed by 28 petitioners belonging to Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh, the vacation bench headed by justice Jaswant Singh, issued notice to the Haryana government as well as the commission to submit their reply to the contentions raised by the petitioners.
The commission had advertised the vacancies of junior coaches in July 2013 and the interview for these posts is scheduled for January 6.
Appearing for the petitioners, advocate Naresh Kaushik argued that since the petitioners had one-year coaching diploma either in kho-kho or in kabaddi from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) after the academic session-2008, they were declared ineligible for the posts by the commission.
The counsel said the SAI is the only authority in the country for getting coaching diploma in sports and if the SAI stopped the combined coaching diploma course in kho kho-kabaddi after the academic year-2008 and started two separate courses for kho-kho and kabaddi, it was not possible for the candidates to pursue both the courses at the same time.
Since the petitioners had the one-year coaching diploma desired by the commission either in kho-kho or kabaddi, they should be considered for the post of junior coaches, the counsel argued.
The court was also informed that some of the petitioners were already employed by the state sports department on the post of ground manager-cum-coach in the office of different district sports councils.
At the same time, the court was informed that for similar posts of junior coaches in netball and yoga, even those candidates who had undergone just a 45-day certificate course without a diploma in sports coaching were being considered.