The Punjab government has awarded cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur with a check of Rs. 5 lakh and has commenced the process of appointing her as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the state’s police department.
One of the finest female cricket players of India, Harmanpreet played a phenomenal innings of 171 runs (not out) off 115 balls against Australia in the ICC Women’ World Cup Semi-Final and led the Indian team to the finals.
On Wednesday, Harmanpreet Kaur met Punjab CM, Amarinder Singh, who directed Suresh Arora, Director General of Police to carry out the formalities required for Kaur’s appointment as DSP.
The Times of India reports that DGP Arora also expressed his intention of setting up a cricket team within the state’s police department once Harmanpreet takes charge of her services.
Currently, Kaur is employed with the ministry of railways in Punjab. Singh also assured her that the issue of waiver of her employment bond with railways will be taken up by him so that the cricketer can join her services with Punjab Police at the earliest.
While handing over the check, Amarinder Singh appreciated Kaur’s performance and said that the way she emerged on the national scene has made “all of Punjab proud”. The chief minister further said that he was confident that the young cricketer would keep the flag of the country flying high.
Kaur thanked the CM for helping her make her dream of joining the police force come true. She said that she has been playing for 9 years but this is the first time that the state government has fulfilled her expectations. She also said that she wants the state to have more cricket academies so that budding players do not have to face the troubles she faced.