The Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal has approved a new policy for promotion of railway sportspersons.
Under the new policy, the railway sportspersons who have won a position or medal in the Olympics and all those sportspersons and coaches who have been awarded the Padma Shri will be promoted as officers.
• The railway ministry has decided to award the railway sportspersons, who have made two appearances in Olympics or won a medal in Asian Games or Common Wealth Games, with a promotion to the officer rank.
• The railway sportspersons, who are winners of any of the awards like Arjuna/Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, would also be entitled to the promotion.
• The policy also recognises the contribution of coaches to the successful performance of sportspersons.
• Under the policy’s provisions, any coach whose trainees have produced at least three medal-winning performances in the Olympic Games, World Cup, World Championship, Asian Games or Commonwealth Games including at least one medal in Olympic Games would be eligible to be promoted as an Officer.
The new promotion policy, not only reaffirms Railways’ commitment to the promotion of sports in the country but it will also act as an incentive to the country’s elite sportspersons and coaches.
In April 2018, during the felicitation function organised by Railway Sports Promotion Board for the medal winners of CWG 2018 at National Rail Museum, the Railway Minister had announced that Railways would soon come up with a promotion policy to address the legitimate aspirations of the outstanding Railway athletes, where not just medals but the effort put in by sportspersons would also be acknowledged.
The Minister had also emphasised on the role of coaches in producing successful sportspersons.
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