Two-time Asian Games medalist steeplechaser Sudha Singh and national wrestling coach Kuldeep Singh were promoted by the Indian Railways – as part of a “liberalised” policy to encourage athletes and their mentors.
In a progressive move, the Indian Railways has made a new, liberalized policy to encourage and promote sportspersons and coaches. Under this policy, they will get out of turn promotion to the officers’ grade on the basis of their outstanding performances – on the field and sports achievements.
The achievements shall also include the representation by Indian athletes in Olympics on at least two occasions. Also, the athletes either should have won least one medal in Asian Games/Commonwealth Games or should be a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna/Arjuna Awardee. This policy will also cover Railway Coaches in Officer Grade who fulfil certain criterion.
The policy also provides for out of turn promotion to coaches in officer grade whose wards win medals at the Olympics, Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games.
The Railways Sports Promotion Board said in a statement, “ Ms Sudha Singh, double Olympian athlete of Indian Railways has also been granted promotion to officer grade in Indian Railways in terms of this new policy.”
“Amongst the first beneficiary of the policy is Sh. Kuldeep Singh, the Chief Coach of Indian Women Wrestling Team whose orders for promotion to the Gazetted post of Assistant Commercial Manager have been issued in Northern Railway,” the report also stated.
“It is felt that such proactive steps would not only encourage the sportspersons and coaches to do better but will also go a long way in taking the Indian Sports to a new high,” the RSPB statement read.
Sudha, a silver medalist at the Jakarta Asian Games, also clinched a gold at its 2010 edition in Guangzhou, China.
Kuldeep Singh has coached some of India’s biggest wrestling stars including Sakshi Malik, and Vinesh Phogat, who won a Gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2018 and Asian Games 2018.
Both Sudha and Kuldeep are employees of the Indian Railways.
Earlier this year, Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways had announced that the Railways will come up with a comprehensive promotion policy for sportspersons and coaches to Officers Grade. This came after Railways lost its top athletes including Vijender Singh due to strict policies of the athletes.
Goyal also emphasized that “Coaches should also be given their due recognition and Railways will acknowledge their contribution in preparing athletes who win medals at prestigious International sporting events and bring laurels to the country.”
Indian Railways the biggest contributor amongst all sports organisations in India, which included one-third of the Olympic contingent.
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