Gill to recommend higher grade government jobs for sportspersons

February 23rd, 2009 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) In the last governing council meeting of the sports ministry held Monday, minister M.S. Gill said he would recommend higher grade government jobs for sportspersons.
Sportspersons are usually recruited in government agencies in Grade C and D. Gill said he will take up the issue with different government departments to provide sportspersons jobs in Grade A and B.

“Nowadays sportspersons are highly qualified so it would be unjustified to recruit them in government sectors in lower grades. So Mr. Gill had decided to take up this matter with different ministries to give better jobs to sportsperson,” a top sports ministry official told IANS.

The official also said Gill will request Public Sector Units (PSU) to allow sportspersons to devote more hours to practise and not burden them with official work.

“Army, railways and petroleum companies allow athletes to practise as long as they want and don’t burden them with official work. But in other PSUs, sportspersons have to work for 8-9 hours and then go for practice,” he said.

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