Paying 33% of the income to Haryana government helped Vijender Singh get the permission to turn pro

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Paying 33% of the income to Haryana government helped Vijender Singh get the permission to turn pro

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Vijender Singh, who won a bronze medal in 2008 Olympic Games, was the first sportsperson who had a job in Haryana government and was seeking permission to turn pro in 2015. A new policy to pay 33 percent of the income earned by the sportsperson was framed by the government after Vijender’s case.

The issue of sportspersons, who had jobs in Haryana government, participating in professional first arose in 2015 when Vijender Singh approached Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking permission to turn pro.

According to reports from TOI, after Vijender’s incident, the state sports department formulated a new policy in which the employee sportspersons who would be in professional games or commercial activities would have to pay 33 percent share of their income to the government.

Vijender, who is a DSP in Haryana Police, had knocked the doors of High Court in August 2015 asking for extraordinary leaves so that he could go to the UK for professional boxing. At that time, Queensberry Promotions Limited, England, had offered him a contract to fight as a professional boxer. Vijender had sought permission from the Haryana DGP but no action was taken on his application.

His main plea was that he got the job due to the bronze medal he won in 2008 Beijing Olympics and hence, he must be allowed to join professional boxing. Responding to the plea, the government had permitted him to sign the contract and to participate professionally. The government had clarified that this special dispensation of the service rules may be provided for such sports for a period of five years. After that, a committee chaired by the administrative secretary-in charge of the department would examine whether the said dispensation should be continued or not.

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