Ever since PV Sindhu got that silver medal home, she has been lauded with umpteen awards, as the nation realizes her efforts in popularizing a game that not many were aware of. And with Sindhu pioneering the ‘women movement’ in sport, it is only fitting that Andhra Pradesh government recognize her achievements and duly honour her.
Sindhu will now become a Group-1 officer in the government. This was done after the Andhra Pradesh Legislature passed a bill to amend the current law, which then allowed Sindhu to have this honour.
Certain provisions in the Andhra Pradesh (Regulation of Appointments to Public Services and Rationalisation of Staff Pattern and Pay Structure) Act, 1994, prevented Sindhu from being employed in a public service job. The recruitment for public service opportunities could only be done through the AP Public Service Commission, selection committee or employment exchange.
But an exception was made in Sindhu’s case, as the AP government wanted to ensure that she is duly rewarded for bringing glory to her home land.
In addition to this, Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced that his government plans to name Sindhu as the sports ambassador of AP. He also mentioned that such gestures will be shown to other worthy candidates.
“We will give government jobs to other meritorious sports persons as well,” he said.
Following her success at the Rio Olympics, Sindhu was gifted Rs 3 crores along with a residential flat in the Amaravati region.
Clearly, Sindhu’s stock has never been higher.