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Employment Guarantee Policy for Haryana sportspersons

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‘Medal winners will be offered post of Class II gazetted officers'

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Making a point: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announcing the new sports policy at a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday announced a new Employment Guarantee Policy to ensure a secure future for outstanding sportspersons of the State.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Hooda said 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 Haryana Sports Development Fund.

He said the sportspersons would be offered employment opportunities in government departments, boards and corporations on the basis of their achievements. Till now, the Government was offering jobs to outstanding sportspersons only in the Police Department.

Under the new policy, the medal winners of Olympic Games and gold medal winners of Asian Games would be offered the post of Class II gazetted officers. Silver and bronze medal winners of the Asian Games and gold and silver medal winners of the Commonwealth Games and gold medal winners of World Championships organised by Sports Federations would be offered Class III posts.

Employment opportunities would also be offered to the participants of Olympic Games, winners of bronze medals in Commonwealth Games, winners of silver and bronze medals in World Championships organised by Sports Federations and medal winners of Asian Championships.

It has also been decided to reserve three per cent seats for sportspersons in professional or technical institutes and universities. This would be implemented from 2011-12 in all government and non-government professional and technical institutes and universities.

The Haryana Sports Development Fund would be set up with a corpus fund of Rs.5 crore to provide financial assistance for the welfare of sportspersons and to give them grant and assistance for medical aid and training. It would also cover welfare of former players. Cooperation would be sought of government and non-government institutes and industrial houses for this fund, he added. And to promote sports, various Boards and Corporations would run sports nurseries and academies.

Mr. Hooda asserted that the State's Sports Policy had been highly appreciated as was evident from the performance of Haryanvi players in the recent Commonwealth and Asian Games.

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