Chandigarh, July 12:
Standing firmly by the demand of players of PSPCL sports cell, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Power Minister, Punjab said that Punjab Government is absolutely in favour of encouraging sports culture among the youth and absorbing them in suitable avenues. He said that since the inception of sports cell of PSPCL over 400 players have been a part of it and PSPCL is proud of holding All India Sports Control Board Champions Trophy for over a decade and a half. We have an Arjuna Awardee as our Senior Sports Officer and we also have a huge sports infrastructure in Patiala, Bhatinda and other districts. Most importantly, "Punjab government is committed to keep the youth away from drugs by means of providing suitable job opportunities to all; hence the question does not arrive of declaring sports cells as a dying cadre." "I have directed immediate reviewal of the decision by the Board of Directors and I ensure the players that PSPCL will continue absorbing players in its fold as usual," said Kangar.
It is pertinent to mention that BoD, PSPCL in its measures to prune the staff had proposed sports cell of PSPCL to be converted into a dying cadre. Implying abolishing of a post after the retirement of the current officer holding a post, no promotions for those under him, coupled with no new recruitment. Since, Punjab Police and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited are the largest organisations giving dignified job opportunities to the talented sports persons this decision on the part of Power Minister is a welcome relief to the young players.