After making changes to the State Public Services Act, AP Legislature passed a bill in order to appoint PV Sindhu, the Olympic silver medal winner in Badminton, as a Group 1 government officer.
According to the provisions in Andhra Pradesh (Regulation of Appointment to Public Services and Rationalization of Staff Pattern and Pay Structure) Act, 1994, no person can be appointed to a government post unless he or she comes through the employment exchange or the AP Public Service Commission’s selection committee. These provisions prevented the state from appointing Sindhu as a government official.
Thus, in order to make way to this resolution passed by the Cabinet, a decision was taken to amend Section 4 of the law, thereby enabling direct appointment of Sindhu to the Revenue Divisional Officer cadre. Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, the state Finance Minister presented a bill in the assembly in accordance to this amendment which was unanimously passed by the Assembly. Later, the Legislative Council too passed the bill.
During this occasion, CM Chandrababu Naidu made an announcement in the Assembly that his government intends to appoint PV Sindhu as the sports ambassador of the state. He added that the other exemplary sportsmen will also be given government jobs.
After her successful Olympic feat, the State Government had awarded her a cash prize of INR 3crores in Amaravati while also passing a resolution to offer her a Group 1 i.e. gazetted officer’s post of her choice.