Harmanpreet Kaur has a job in hand as the Deputy Superintendent of Police with Punjab State. However, the star cricketer will have to shell away ₹27 lakh before taking up the offer.
Harmanpreet, the star of India’s ICC Women’s World Cup campaign, has brought many laurels to the country and her employer Western Railways. The Punjab girl had drawn a comparison with Virender Sehwag for her unbeaten 171 in the semi-final against Australia. The fete was worth a State honour. Punjab, the State of Harman’s origin, did honour its sporting icon.
The State Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh has offered her a job as Deputy Superintendent of Police. The State Government is committed to honour its commitment toward the Arjuna Award winner. Harmanpreet too is keen on serving her State. However, under the present circumstances, the job will cost her ₹27 lakh to ensure her eligibility for DSP’s position.
The cricketer is presently employed with the Indian Railways. She is not getting a green signal for making a move to Punjab Police. Western Railway had made a demand of ₹27 lakh to waive off the mandatory bond Harmanpreet has signed. She had got the Railway job three years ago under the sports quota. The employer is citing the five-year bond signed by her, states a report by Indian Express.
The report has quoted Harmanpreet as saying that she had not been paid her salary for last five months, even as Western Railway did not accept her resignation. “I worked for three years only. But, they are asking for the salary of five years to waive off the bond and relieve me,” Harmanpreet is quoted as saying.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, according to report, has taken up the matter with the Union Railway Ministry on more than one occasion to seek relaxation for Harmanpreet. On Monday, Amarinder has again written to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal “I would like to request you that the case of Ms. Harmanpreet Kaur is different wherein the condition of the bond should not apply as she is not leaving the government for a private job. Rather she is joining the state government from a Central Government Organisation for better career prospects. If she is not allowed to join as DSP by imposing the bond by the Railways, it would be unfair to her and amount to punishing rather than rewarding her outstanding performance in Cricket,” the CM’s letter reportedly states.
Western Railway General Manager Anil Kumar Gupta said, “Railway Board recruits people under sports quota and there is a condition of five-year bond. In case they want to leave earlier (than five years) they have to reimburse the salary of five years. If they deposit the amount, they are allowed to go.”
Harmanpreet had completed all formalities for the Punjab Police job. However, the Railways’ red signal is the one last major hurdle for the cricketer to embrace the Punjab Police uniform.