Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh as well as offered the post of DSP in Punjab police for Indian woman cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur for her superb performance in ICC Women’s World Cup in England.
The Chief Minister lauded Harmanpreet’s match-winning knock of 171 not out of 115 balls against Australia in the semi-final that made India into the final of the World Cup. However, India failed to lift their maiden ICC World Cup crown as England won the summit clash by just 9-runs on Sunday.
Some years ago, Harmanpreet wanted to join the Punjab Police, but the Badal government had refused to accommodate the national player in Punjab Police. However, Amarinder Singh now offered the post of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), if she still desired to join the Police force.
Mr Singh said in a statement after the World Cup final, “The young girl had done Punjab proud with her superb performance that had steered Team India to a semifinal victory and given a tight fight to England in the final match to emerge a close second.”
The CM also promises that his government would initiate steps to change the sports policy to provide government jobs to young budding sportspersons.
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The spokesman added, “Taking cognizance of media reports that Harmanpreet had wanted to join the Punjab Police some years ago, the Chief Minister said his government was keen to correct the wrong perpetrated on the young cricketer by the (Parkash Singh) Badal government, which had refused to accommodate the national player in Punjab Police.”
The Punjab CM said that Kaur had done Punjab proud with her stellar performance in the semi-final, and he also expresses hope that she would continue to bring pride to the country with her outstanding performance in the future.
He concluded by saying that Harmanpreet has made the entire country proud with her rare achievement in cricket, which would be always made her an inspiration for young players.