Star Indian woman cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur who is currently employed at the Indian railways, has been asked by Western Railways to pay Rs 27 lakh. The amount is compensation fee after Kaur decided to leave her post, and tendered her resignation. However, the railway administration refused to relieve her citing the contract she signed before taking the job.
Harmanpreet Kaur joined the Western Railways as an Office Superintendent under sports quota three years ago. While joining, she signed a five-year contract. According to an Indian Express report, she has submitted her resignation to the railways five-months ago after being offered the DSP position in the Punjab Police Department last year.
However, it has been learned from reports that the Railways rejected her resignation and are “demanding Rs 27 lakh” as a compensation for not being able to abide by the agreement.
“I worked for three years only. But, they are asking for the salary of five years to waive off the bond and relieve me.” Harmanpreet was quoted as saying.
On the other hand, the Western Railway General Manager Anil Kumar Gupta stated that people recruited under sports quota have to follow this procedure before leaving the Indian railways. He said,
“Railway Board recruits people under sports quota and there is a condition of five-year bond. In case they want to leave earlier (than five years) they have to reimburse the salary of five years and then they are allowed to go.”
According to the report, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has come out in support of the cricketer and has written a letter to the Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal requesting him to consider Harmanpreet’s case.
Harmanpreet is expecting a bond waiver and wishes to join Punjab Police and go back to her native state. She said,
“Railways was my last hope and had given me a job when Punjab government had turned down my request. I hope, the Railways will give me a bond waiver so that I can go to my home state.”