Kidambi Srikanth will join Andhra Pradesh Civil Services cadre as a Deputy Collector.
Andhra Pradesh Information Minister K Srinivasulu has told newsmen that the State Cabinet had made the decision to offer Deputy Collector’s post to Srikanth in recognition of his achievements.
Srikanth, currently employed with the Indian Oil Corporation, is seriously considering to accept the offer. “I am actually thinking to accept the offer,” Srikanth told insidesport.co. “I will make the final decision after getting a formal offer.”
Leaving Indian Oil will be a tough call to this new sensation of world badminton, who tremendously values his the association with the employer to have offered him his first job. “It (Indian Oil) is a wonderful company. I am thankful to the Maharatna company for all the support. It will not be an easy decision (to quit), if I have to make a move.”
Srikanth’s appointment as a Group 1 officer in the AP Civil Services Cadre will not be unprecedented. The State Government earlier this year had amended the Andhra Pradesh (Regulation of Appointments to Public Services and Rationalization of Staff Pattern and Pay Structure) Act, 1994, to make a special provision for direct appointment of individual with outstanding credentials in the State Government services. Earlier, it was mandatory to make any public services appointment through the State Public Service Commission, selection committees or employment exchange.
The Andhra Pradesh government has also announced a cash reward of INR 2 crore to the 24-year-old champion shuttler from the Guntur district in the State. He will also be given a 1,000-square yard plot of land in Amravati
Srikanth, who won the French Open title last week, has become the first Indian to win four BWF Super Series titles in a calendar year. He is also the first Indian to win the French Open crown.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel has on Monday recommended the ace shuttler for country’s fourth highest civil decoration Padma Sri Award.
In August this year, Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist PV Sindhu had joined the Andhra Pradesh Government as a Grade 1 officer. She had assumed the charge at the office of Chief Commissioner of Land Administration. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had handed over the appointment letter to Sindhu.