Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has finally come forward to help boxer Simranjit Kaur after she wrote to the state government seeking a job to support her family.
Simranjit Kaur, who recently made the cut to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers, is the sole breadwinner of the family and her two younger brothers are still studying. Her elder sister is employed with the BSF but she is married and lives with her husband.
Her plea seeking a job has finally been heard by Captain Amarinder Singh, who has now directed the sports secretary of the Punjab government to take care of Simranjit’s request.
“@Simranjitboxer Don’t worry about anything, just focus on the upcoming Olympics. I have directed Secretary, Sports to immediately look into what needs to be done. Also I would like to thank all on Social Media & the media who highlighted the issue,” Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted.
. @Simranjitboxer Don’t worry about anything, just focus on the upcoming Olympics. I have directed Secretary, Sports to immediately look into what needs to be done. Also I would like to thank all on Social Media & the media who highlighted the issue. https://t.co/xBWn80pxML
Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) January 16, 2020
National champion Simranjit Kaur, who won the bronze at the 2018 World Championships and silver at the 2019 Asian Championships, recently defeated former world champion L Sarita Devi in the 60kg category at the national trials last month to clinch a spot in the Indian boxing squad which will compete in the Olympic qualifiers in China.
Simranjit, who hails from Ludhiana’s Chakar village, was struggling to make ends meet after her father passed away in 2018.
“I have given my application to the Punjab government, but I am yet to get a response,” Simranjit was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
“Last year, Punjab Police had advertised for some posts but they were mostly for the rank of a constable. I hope the government at least gives me a sub-inspector level job.
“I am the sole breadwinner of the family. My two younger brothers are still studying. My elder sister is employed with the BSF (Border Security Force), but she is married and lives with her husband.
“The responsibility of the family thus, is entirely mine. I want to get a job with the Punjab government but now I am open to a job anywhere else – within the state or outside it,” Simranjit had said.