Get­ting a Haryana po­lice job more dif­fi­cult than climb­ing the Ever­est

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sau­rabh Dug­gal let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

CHANDI­GARH: It’s eas­ier to climb Mount Ever­est than land a Haryana Po­lice job.

That seems to be the be­lief among 15 young peo­ple on a spree to climb the world’s high­est peak, not for glory or pas­sion, but to land a plump po­si­tion in the state po­lice force.

In 2010, then chief min­is­ter Bhupin­der Singh Hooda sparked the trend when he ap­pointed Ever­est climber Mamta Sodha a deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (DSP) and re­warded ` 21 lakh.

Since then, at least 15 young men and women from a state known for its prow­ess in the box­ing and wrestling ring have climbed the moun­tain in the hope of get­ting a po­lice job.

But the climb, one of the harsh­est in the world, proved eas­ier than the re­ward. Of the 15 suc­cess­ful climbers, 12 have been de­nied the DSP job by Haryana au­thor­i­ties.

The crest­fallen as­pi­rants — hail­ing mostly from ru­ral ar­eas and hav­ing spent be­tween ` 17 lakh and ` 22 lakh on the climb­ing ex­pe­di­tion — first ap­proached their vil­lage lead­ers to pres­surise lo­cal MLAs to con­vince the chief min­is­ter.

When that didn’t work, one of them ap­proached the Pun­jab and Haryana high court, which de­cided in his favour on Tues­day. Now, four more have moved the court that will hear their plea on Fri­day.



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