Wrestler Geeta Phogat was on Thursday appointed Deputy Superintendent of Police in Haryana for her gold medal-winning performance at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, reported PTI. The state Cabinet had approved the proposal for her appointment on Tuesday.
Phogat told The Indian Express: “Hamein aadat ho gayi thi wait karne ki. Sab khush hain par jitni khushi honi chahiye thi, utni nahin hai (I got used to waiting. Everyone is happy but I am not as happy as I should have been.).” She said that while other players got their appointments right after winning gold at the same event, she had to wait for six years for her turn to come.
In 2010, she was appointed an inspector with the Haryana Police. However, she approached the Punjab and Haryana courts in 2016 seeking a higher post to match her achievements. The court had asked the Manohar Lal Khattar government to decide on the matter within two months. She said, “A player puts all her efforts in winning medals and a decision like this means financial security for us. I wish such things do not happen to other gold medal winners in future CWG or Asian Games.”
Phogat was the country’s first woman wrestler to win a gold medal in the 55-kg category at the Commonwealth Games. She was also the first Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012.
Along with Phogat's appointment, the Khattar government also approved the appointment of mountaineer Ram Lal Sharma as sub-inspector in the state police force. Sharma said, “It was a tough wait for me. My father runs a vegetable cart and suffers from back problems. I had to run the cart to support the family."
He said he had moved court in February to claim his dues. In May, the court had asked the state government to appoint Sharma DSP and give him a cash reward of Rs 21 lakh in three months, he said. "I am happy that I have at least been given the post of sub-inspector,” he added.