Harmanpreet Kaur To Join Punjab Police On March 1
This much awaited move comes after her current employer, Western Railway, relieved Kaur following her request to join Punjab Police.
Kaur reportedly got the railway job three years ago under the sports quota. And she had signed a five-year bond, which doesn’t allow her to quit in the middle
The case was personally monitored by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The railway ministry had consulted Singh to waive off the bond condition and allow Harmanpreet to join as Punjab Police DSP.
The 28-year-old was offered the DSP’s post in Punjab Police in July last year. A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said, “The Railways had sent a letter to the government conveying their acceptance of Amarinder’s request for bond waiver to enable the cricketer to realise her dream of becoming a police officer,” Firstpost reported.
The complication in switching jobs was due to a bond the cricketer had signed with Indian Railways. As per the bond, the cricketer could not take up a new job till the completion of a five-year term. If she defaulted, she would have to return the salary of five years
After completing three years of service as office superintendent at Western Railway, Kaur had resigned last year. Her medical test for the post of DSP had already been completed, but she was forced to remain on the job as Western Railway did not free her from the bond.
Now that the decks have been cleared for her to join Punjab Police, Amarinder Singh expressed his happiness. “The state was proud to have Harmanpreet as part of its police force,” he stated.
The Arjuna awardee was honoured by the Punjab’s Congress government and given the DSP’s job in July 2017 following her stellar performance in the Women’s World Cup.
The star cricketer, who guided India into the final of the Women’s World Cup with an unbeaten 171 against Australia, has just got back from Australia after playing in the Big Bash League there. Kaur will join a training camp ahead of the Indian women cricket team’s tour to South Africa later this month.