PV Sindhu on Wednesday assumed office as a deputy collector in the Andhra Pradesh government. The Rio Olympics medallist took charge in the State secretariat at Gollapudi.
Accompanied by her parents, Sindhu reached the office of the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration and joined the Andhra Pradesh Civil Services cadre as an officer. She reported to CCLA chief commissioner Anil Chandra Punetha and later signed the relevant documents for her appointment.
Sindhu was appointed a Group-I officer by the State government when the State Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had handed her the appointment letter on July 29. The State government had asked Sindhu to join duty as the Deputy Collector within 30 days.
In May, the State legislature had passed a Bill amending the State Public Services Act to appoint Sindhu as a Group-I officer in the government. As any recruitment in public services has to be only through the State Public Service Commission, selection committee or employment exchange, the government had to amend the Andhra Pradesh (Regulation of Appointments to Public Services and Rationalization of Staff Pattern and Pay Structure) Act, 1994.
“She will be under probation for a three-year period and undergoing service training,” Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Manmohan Singh said in the order.
Sindhu is presently working as a deputy manager with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) here.
Following her success in the Olympics last year, the CM had announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore, a residential plot in Amaravati and Group-I officer’s job for Sindhu. As she was born in Hyderabad and had been living in the city, the Telangana government also presented a cash reward of Rs 5 crore and a residential plot.
Although Telangana had also offered her a job, Sindhu accepted the offer from Andhra Pradesh, the native State of her parents.