Navjot Kaur scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win gold at the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships held at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Friday. After getting a rousing welcome back in her village outside Tarn Taran, Navjot put forward her demand to get a position of DSP in Punjab police. Her main reason demanding the job was to support his indebted father. For the past decade, international wrestler Navjot's father Sukhchain Singh, a farmer in Punjab took loans to support, train his daughter. According to media reports, devoid of proper government support the wrestler's father has accumulated a debt of Rs 13 lakh.
Her request did not fall on deaf ears as the Punjab cabinet on Wednesday decided to offer a suitable government job to wrestler Navjot Kaur, besides giving her a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh. Expressing his appreciation for the Punjab wrestler's excellent performance, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh mooted the proposal to offer a job to Navjot during a meeting of the state cabinet.
"The proposal came during an informal discussion, with the entire cabinet unanimous in congratulating the young woman for bringing laurels to the state by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the senior continental championship in the 65 kg freestyle category.
"It was decided by the cabinet to give the cash reward to Navjot but the Chief Minister felt she deserved a job also. The cabinet immediately accepted the Chief Minister's proposal and decided on a job offer in a suitable government position for the Tarn Taran girl," an official spokesperson said.
The Chief Minister directed the concerned officials to work on a comprehensive policy for rewarding sportspersons, specifying the criteria for providing jobs to those winning medals.
(With inputs from IANS)