Getting a Haryana police job more difficult than climbing the Everest
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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I LLUSTRATION: DALJEET KAUR SANDHU