Indian women cricket team’s Harmanpreet Kaur, who helped the national side enter into the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup last year with a blistering knock of 171 runs against Australia, is facing trouble on the work front. Harmanpreet was offered DSP’s post in July last year by the Punjab Police. However, this switch has been blocked by her current employer, the Western Railway. Harmanpreet who joined Railways three years ago works there as the Office Superintendent under the sports quota. The employer has refused to relieve her citing the five-year bond signed by the Arjuna award winner back then.
Dejected by this, Harmanpreet told The Indian Express that she has not been paid any salary for last five months, despite Western Railway not accepting her resignation which she tendered after Punjab government offered her the job of DSP. The cricketer also alleged that the Western Railway was demanding a whopping Rs 27 lakh in case she didn’t honour the five-year bond. “I worked for three years only. But, they are asking for the salary of five years to waive off the bond and relieve me,” Harmanpreet said.
“After the World cup, it has been five months that I have not been paid any salary. I am jobless. I am neither getting any salary from Railway nor from Punjab government,” said Harmanpreet, who hails from Moga district in Punjab and will turn 29 on March 8.
Harmanpreet has recently returned from Australia where she was playing in the Women’s Big Bash League and will now be attending a training camp that commences on Wednesday ahead of Indian women cricket team’s tour to South Africa later this month.
The case was noticed by the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who has taken up the matter with the Union Railway Ministry on more than one occasion to seek relaxation for Harmanpreet. He reportedly wrote to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal requesting him to consider Harmanpreet’s case on “a different footing and accept her resignation from the Railways for joining Punjab Police in the rank of DSP by granting her relaxation, if any, from the conditions of bond.”
Harmanpreet, who performed brilliantly for India in the Women’s ODI World Cup along with captain Mithali Raj was given a cash reward of Rs 13 lakh and was promoted as Officer on Special Duty (Sports) in Western Railway after her feat in the World Cup said she had rejected the promotion and submitted her resignation instead.