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Steeplechaser Sudha Singh, nat'l wrestling coach promoted by Indian Railways

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Two-time and national Singh were Wednesday promoted by their employer -- the Indian Railways -- as part of a "liberalised" policy to encourage athletes and their mentors.

The policy was first announced at the felicitation ceremony for this year's medal winners under which athletes and coaches were promised out-of-turn promotions for medals won at the Commonwealth and the The athletes became eligible for such elevation if they represented the country in at least two

"Amongst the first beneficiary of the policy is Sh. Singh, the Chief of Indian Women Team whose orders for promotion to of have been issued in Northern Railway," the Promotion Board said in a statement.

Singh's wards in Indian include Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik and gold-medallist Vinesh Phogat among others. Both Malik and Phogat are also Railway employees.

"Ms. Sudha Singh, of Indian Railways has also been granted promotion to grade in Indian Railways in terms of this new policy," the Railways stated.

Sudha won a silver at the Jakarta Asian Games this year, adding to a gold won in the 2010 edition in The 32-year-old, who hails from Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, had been demanding a job in the department.

"It is felt that such proactive steps would not only encourage the sportspersons and coaches to do better but will also go a long way in taking the Indian to new high," the RSPB statement read.

One of the largest employers in Indian sports, the Railways lost top athletes like star due to its strict promotion policy in the past.

The liberalised policy provides for out of turn promotion to coaches in grade whose wards win medals at the Olympics, Asian Games or

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 18:35 IST