The Punjab cabinet has decided to offer a suitable government job to wrestler Navjot Kaur, besides giving her a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh, following her recent gold-winning performance in the Asian Wrestling Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Expressing his appreciation for the Punjab wrestler's excellent performance, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday mooted the proposal to offer a job to Navjot during a meeting of the state cabinet.
The proposal came during informal discussion, with the entire cabinet unanimous in congratulating the young woman for bringing laurels to the state by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the senior continental championship in the 65 kg freestyle category. It was decided by the cabinet to give the cash reward to Navjot but the Chief Minister felt she deserved a job also. The cabinet immediately accepted the Chief Minister's proposal and decided on a job offer in a suitable government position for the Tarn Taran girl.an official spokesperson said. The Chief Minister directed the concerned officials to work on a comprehensive policy for rewarding sportspersons, specifying the criteria for providing jobs to those winning. Navjot Kaur became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold in the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships and now the champion has set her eyes on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 28-year-old Kaur from Punjab created history when she beat Miya Imai of Japan 9-1 in the women’s 65 kg freestyle category finals of the event at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. India finished with one gold, two silver and one bronze medals in the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships. Vinesh Phogat and Pinki of the Indian Railways claimed silver medals, while Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik won a bronze in the 62-kg category.
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