The Haryana Government today decided to review its Sports Gradation Policy

The Haryana government today decided to review its Sports Gradation Policy to ensure that only "outstanding" sportspersons get jobs in its department. A decision to this effect was taken at a governing body meeting of Haryana Sports Development Fund chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here, said an official spokesman. It was also decided that those sportspersons who have passed the Class XII board examination from Haryana and who have not received any cash award from any other state, would be eligible for such awards from the state government. Khattar told the meeting only "outstanding" sportspersons should get government jobs. About three per cent of groups C and D posts in government departments are reserved for sportspersons. It was also suggested that district grading certificates should be given less importance for recruitment in government jobs, thus giving more opportunities to holders of the State Gradation Certificate which is more tough to get. The meeting was also informed that from now on, only those police sportspersons would be eligible for promotion under ORP who have won medals at prestigious events such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games etc., said the spokesman. The meeting was also informed that the current state government has so far disbursed Rs 89.90 crore as prize money among 3,416 outstanding sportspersons of Haryana. Additional Chief Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs KK Khandelwal said the department has decided to celebrate the golden jubilee year of the state on a grand scale. He said there is a plan to organise Rural Olympics and talks are on with Doordarshan for live telecast of the event. Besides, regional TV channels would also be engaged for spreading the message of the golden jubilee celebrations, especially in August, September and October. He also informed that National Kabaddi Championship, with a total prize money of Rs one crore, would be held in Karnal from September 23-25. PTI