Chandigarh: The Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday said that the players of the Indian hockey team from the state would be given jobs as per their choice for which the Sports Department has been directed to come up with a proposal in the next Cabinet meeting.
Channi also offered them posts of PCS, DSP or in the Sports Departmentvas per their qualifications.
During the second Cabinet meeting here at the Chief Minister’s office, Channi announced the construction of stadiums in the name of each player of the Indian Hockey team, which made every countryman, especially the Punjabis proud by winning the bronze medal after 41 years at the Tokyo Olympics. He said this move will be instrumental in inspiring the budding players.
Pointing out further, he said that the hockey team has brought laurels not only to Punjab but to the entire country and it is a matter of sheer honour and pride that eleven players including Captain Manpreet Singh belonged to the state. He exhorted the players to continue playing along with their jobs thus staying connected with the game so as to train upcoming players.
Earlier, Sports, Youth Services and Education Minister Pargat Singh welcomed all the players and termed this rare achievement as a result of hard work of fifteen long years adding he said it would be a matter of great satisfaction if these players join the Sports Department in order to make use of their strength and experiences to boost its activities.
The Indian Hockey Captain Manpreet Singh and Defender Rupinder Pal Singh speaking on behalf of all the players expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister. On the occasion, other players Harmanpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Shamsher Singh, Hardik Singh, Simranjit Singh and Dilpreet Singh were also present.