Bhubaneswar, Nov 23: State Cabinet held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik today approved a proposal for job reservation for para-athletes.
As per the decision, more avenues of employment will be provided to para-athletes in the Group-A, Group-B and Group-C level of the State Government departments and Public Sector Undertakings by way of relaxation of conditions for entry and amendment in the recruitment rules.
Government has already provided one percent reservation of posts in the government and Public Sector Organisations for sportsmen in Group-B, Group-C and Group-D posts for appointment of deserving sportsmen.
“ It is now felt necessary to provide for more avenues of employment to sportspersons and para-sportspersons excelling in their respective disciplines. Besides, if such athletes are given due recognition by the State Government, they can serve as models for youngsters to emulate and do better in the field of sports,” read an official statement.