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6 yrs, court battle later, kabaddi champ wrests her due from Haryana

Written by Nitin Sharma
| Chandigarh |

Revealed: July 31, 2020 10:34:05 am


Kabaddi participant Kavita Devi and wrestler Babita Phogat. (FILE)

THE HARYANA authorities has appointed kabaddi participant Kavita Devi and wrestler Babita Phogat as deputy administrators within the Sports activities and Youth Affairs Division.

The transfer got here virtually six years after Devi (30) gained a gold medal as a part of the Indian girls’s kabaddi staff on the 2014 Incheon Asian Video games, and two years after she and Commonwealth Video games gold and silver medalist Phogat moved the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom over not being given ‘A’ class posts as per the sports activities coverage. Phogat had withdrawn her petition earlier than becoming a member of BJP in 2019 and combating final 12 months’s state Meeting elections.

Quickly after the excessive courtroom issued discover in revival of their contempt petition, the Haryana sports activities and youth affairs division principal secretary issued two separate orders on July 29, appointing the 2 gamers to the publish of deputy director (sports activities) underneath the Haryana Excellent Sports activities (Recruitment and Situations of Service) Guidelines, 2018. Each gamers have to affix the division inside a month and adjust to 15 pointers together with a bar on business endorsements.

Devi is a local of Padana village in Jind district. A five-time worldwide medalist and a 17-time medalist for Haryana on the nationwide degree, she needed to anticipate greater than six years to get the job, and combat a two-year-long courtroom battle. She was a part of the Indian girls’s kabaddi staff that had defeated Iran within the last on the 2014 Asian Video games in Incheon, South Korea.

Kabaddi player Kavita Devi and wrestler Babita Phogat., Haryana sports Kavita Devi.

Whereas Devi, whose father Ram Mehar Singh labored as a cart puller at her village, had bought Rs 2 crore as per the amended sports activities coverage in 2014, she mentioned, “I might haven’t spoken after I bought the money award. Nevertheless it was about getting my due from the state authorities. Whereas a lot of the medalists of the Asian Video games/CWG Video games got class ‘A’ jobs, some had been denied and that’s why I approached the excessive courtroom in 2018. Through the 4 years after I gained the gold medal at Incheon, I had anticipated to be given a job as per sports activities coverage however repeated pleas with the federal government had been of no avail. It was very irritating for me and at the moment’s appointment order has made me neglect all of the psychological agony,” she mentioned.

Devi had additionally gained medals on the junior degree in wrestling nationals from 2003 to 2005, whereas she pursued kabaddi on the CBSM Sports activities Faculty, Nidani. After being a member of the Haryana staff which gained the silver medal at junior nationals at Jharkhand in 2005, Devi went on to play for the senior Haryana staff until 2018 in a 13-year-long profession in kabaddi, together with her final worldwide look being at Incheon in 2014.

In 2015, she gave start to a daughter adopted by the start of one other daughter early this 12 months. “My father used to ferry items on the cart in our village and it was on the insistence of director Daleep Singh Malik and former DGP MS Malik that I began wrestling. Whereas I gained medals in wrestling, I additionally tried kabaddi and profitable medals introduced pleasure to my father. I bought married in 2010 and my husband Raju Shehrawat has been my pillar of energy. After I bought injured in 2012, my coach Ranbir Singh motivated me so much and profitable the gold medal at Incheon was because of the efforts of all. Being appointed within the sports activities division, I’m trying in direction of working for the betterment of sports activities within the state and likewise to identify expertise from rural areas in order that they’ll win medals on the worldwide degree,” mentioned the graduate from Khalsa Faculty, Yamunanagar.

Phogat turned a family title within the nation after the success of Hindi movie ‘Dangal’, which is predicated on the lives of her and her sister, each champion wrestlers, and their father who coached them in opposition to all odds. Final 12 months, she had misplaced within the state Meeting elections to impartial candidate Somvir Sangwan for the Charkhi Dadri seat. By the way, she was a sub-inspector with Haryana Police and had sought appointment as a DSP. Reacting to the order, she mentioned she would work for the betterment of gamers. “I’m grateful to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for giving me this chance and I’ll goal to do my greatest underneath this new function. Our Sports activities Minister Sandeep Singh is working for the betterment of sports activities within the state and that will probably be our goal. There are many areas the place we are able to excel additional and I’m glad that as a sports activities official, I might help the Haryana gamers,” mentioned Phogat.

haryana elections, haryana elections women candidates, babita phogat, Dushyant Chautala  Babita Phogat had joined BJP forward of Haryana Meeting polls. (FILE)

Requested in what areas she feels there’s scope for additional enchancment, Phogat mentioned, “As a sports activities individual, I don’t need that our gamers ought to face the issues that we needed to face, be it associated to eating regimen, coaches or gamers’ apply.”

The case
Devi had filed the case in Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom in August 2018 after she was not given a job as per the 2013-2014 sports activities coverage. “Haryana authorities had marketed for posts as per 2013-2014 coverage in 2015, however in 2017, it modified the coverage and sportspersons needed to begin the method of making use of once more,” mentioned the kabaddi participant’s lawyer, advocate Aftab Singh Khara.

In 2018, the federal government made it necessary to get the shape signed by the respective nationwide federation however Kavita couldn’t get the shape signed as a consequence of election of the Kabaddi Federation of India and different points within the federation. “In 2018, we approached the excessive courtroom, and the courtroom directed the Haryana authorities to get my paperwork verified inside a month in 2019. When the division of sports activities failed to take action, we filed a contempt petition and the division bought the kinds verified and warranted the needful could be executed inside 4 weeks. After a 12 months, we once more filed revival of contempt after no motion was taken. On July 24, 2020, discover within the revival of contempt was issued, publish which the Haryana sports activities division issued the appointment order,” mentioned Khara.

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