Tribune News Service
New Delhi, June 13
If the Sports Ministry has its way, the medal-winning athletes in Olympics, Asian Games and World Championships would be entitled to a Class 1 job with the central government.
The ministry has sent an official proposal to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) to make provisions for sports quota in Grade ‘A’ and ‘B’ jobs of the central government. If accepted, the meritorious sportspersons can be appointed as gazetted officers against the vacancies reserved for them. Currently, the government doesn’t offer employment to sportspersons in Grade ‘A’ and ‘B’, but the ministry’s proposal could change the scenario. According to a senior ministry official, the DOPT is considering the recommendations.
“Many elite athletes approached Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal with a request that they be made eligible for Class 1 jobs. The minister immediately directed the officials to work out a proposal,” said the official.
The ministry has also proposed to reserve five percent seats for sportspersons for direct recruitment against vacancies in Grade ‘C’ and ‘D’ in central government offices and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). Though most of the departments offer jobs to the medal winners, the quota percentage is lower than five percent.
The ministry has urged the DOPT to form a high-level committee, which will have representatives from the Home Ministry, Defence Ministry, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, head of the sports department of PSUs, elite sportspersons, officials from the Sports Ministry and the Sports Authority of India (SAI). The committee will be tasked to deliberate on the viability of the proposal and send its recommendation to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for the final approval.
“The proposal also talks about the need to revise the list of sporting disciplines under which the government departments offer jobs to meritorious sportspersons,” the official informed.