Rio Olympics silver medallist and top notch shuttler PV Sindhu was appointed as Deputy Collector, a Group-1 service post, in the Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu personally handed over the Government Order to Sindhu in the Secretariat at Amravati, appointing her to the post.
Expressing happiness over this, Sindhu said her first priority would continue to be badminton. "My focus will be on the sport only," she added, and thanked the Chief Minister for the job. Upon her winning the silver medal in women's badminton (singles) in the Rio Olympics in 2016 the AP Council of Ministers had resolved to award Sindhu a cash incentive of Rs 3 crore, a 1000-sq yd house site in Amaravati and also provide a Group-1 service job in the state government.
Krishna: Rio-Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu assumed charge as the Deputy Collector in the Andhra Pradesh Government, today. pic.twitter.com/eyv8S5wWDw— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2017
The state government, in the Budget session of Legislature in 2017, amended the Andhra Pradesh (Regulationof Appointment to Public Services and rationalization of StaffPattern and Pay Structure) Act, 1994, paving way for direct appointment of Sindhu in Group-1 service after she expressed interest in taking up the job.
Accordingly, the GO was issued on Wednesday appointing Sindhu as Deputy Collector (Category-2), subject to condition that she take up the job within 30 days. "She will be under probation for a three-year periodand undergoing service training," Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Manmohan Singh said in the order.
Really very happy; It's a great feeling to serve for the country & serve the people:Shuttler PV Sindhu after assuming charge as Dy Collector pic.twitter.com/bDjUMN3b4i— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2017
The Chief Minister wished all success to Sindhu in her future endeavours and hoped she would win many international tournaments. As Group-1 officer, he wanted her to contribute to the development of sports in the state.
With PTI inputs