SBI seems to be putting an end to the sports quota recruitments, It has been 23 years since the last hiring by the largest PSU bank under sports quota. The merger of associate banks i.e. State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Travancore (SBT), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), and State Bank of Patiala (SBP) with SBI seems to be going against the sportspersons, as only one team will be constituted out of the Players who used to represent the other 5 associate banks. SBI even if it hires, there will be a significant reduction in the number of vacancies under Sports quota.
State Bank of Hyderabad was the last one to hire sportspersons on regular basis as and according to them, it paid them rich dividends over the years. This season out of the 18 players selected to play for the SBI team, 15 are from the erstwhile SBH team, the benched players will now find it difficult to sustain in these circumstances. Even the request to filed two separate teams of SBH and SBI has been rejected by the Hyderabad Cricket Association and other associated bodies.
This will not only affect the morale of the current employees hired under the Sports Quota but will also dissuade the future aspirants to take up sports as a career option which may be devoid of any job assurances.
The Government of India policy vide its letter dated 16.12.1992 with regard to recruitment of outstanding sportspersons in Public Sector Banks, persuades PSU’s to create Sports Quota, but despite assurances and statistics, recruitment had been on paper even in other govt. organizations.
This will not only deter the budding talents, specifically those from the middle class and low-income groups to pursue sports as a full-time career.
There might be some hope still left for the sportspersons as the Sports & Games Players Association has been fighting to get the recruitments restored. The association has even filed a case in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State (WP No.11763/2017 and WPSR 62802/2017), to sort out this issue.