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Akalis promised, we delivered: avers Rana Sodhi

Chandigarh, (Gurpreet) Twenty-six outstanding sports persons, who had been left mid-way on false promises of providing government jobs by previous SAD-BJP government, on Wednesday, given appointment letters by Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Minister for Sports, Youth Services and NRIs Affairs here at Punjab Bhawan. While offering them jobs in Punjab Police, Rana Sodhi affirmed that "I am glad that we have fulfilled the promise made by the earlier SAD-BJP government."

Out of total 79 left candidates, three sub-inspector and 23 constables, most of them clinched gold in various games, have been provided with appointment letters in the first phase. Rana Sodhi lamented that renowned sports persons who have attained remarkable achievement at the International and National level, but deprived of their right of jobs for their extraordinary achievements by the previous government. Now, our government has taken this matter seriously and after the long pursuit of the Sports Department, their livelihood becomes reality. He said, "When I presented the file regarding the appointment of these players before Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, he cleared the file within a minute." He added that as there were some glitches on part of medical, over-age and documentation thus the process of appointing them has been delayed.

On the demand of newly-appointed players, the Sports Minister categorically said that their legitimate demands would be considered in length and width. He also directed Principal Secretary Mr. Anurag Verma and Director Mr. D.P.S. Kharbanda to initiate the required action in this regard at the earliest.

Out of total 26 outstanding players of different games disciples, who get job letters included; three Sub Inspectors Sarpreet Singh (Cycling), Gurinder Singh (Volleyball) and Jagdeep Kumar (Boxing), while 23 candidates Gagandeep Singh (Kabaddi), Gurbazz Singh (Cycling), Rekha Rani (Cycling), Pushpinder Kaur (Cycling), Jasvir Kaur (Weight Lifting), Neelam Rani (Fencing), Gagandeep Kaur (Handball), Ramanjot Kaur (Handball), Harvinder Kaur (Handball), Ravinderjit Kaur (Canoeing), Gurmeet Kaur (Fencing), Mandeep Kaur (Handball), Rupinderjit Kaur (Handball), Jaspinder Kaur (Kabaddi Circle Style), Anju Sharma (Kabaddi), Jatinder Singh (Boxing), Harpreet Kaur (Athletics), Palak (Basketball), Sandeep Kaur (Kabaddi), Preeti (Wrestling), Sarabjeet (Football), Ajay Kumar (Taekwondo) and Simarjit Kaur (Kabaddi) have been appointment on the posts of Constable.

During this brief function; ADGP NRI Affairs Mr A.S. Rai, Sports Secretary (Police) Padma Shri Bahadur Singh and Joint Secretary Sports Council Mr. Kartar Singh were present.

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