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Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore assures Savita Punia of support

The 27-year-old has been unemployed for nine years despite the Haryana government assuring her of a job.

On Wednesday, sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore assured that vice-captain and goalkeeper of the women’s hockey team Savita Punia will get all the support possible by the government, reported PTI.

A veteran player, Savita played a crucial role in India winning the Asia Cup after a gap of 13 years. However, the 27-year-old, who has played for India since 2009, has been unemployed despite the Haryana government assuring her of a job. “I have been trying for a job for the last nine years. I was promised a job under the Haryana Government’s ‘Medal Lao, Naukri Pao’ scheme, but I have only been given assurances by the officers,” Savita had said recently in an interview.

However, Rathore tweeted saying that he has asked his team to get details and will look into the matter.

Punia, who hails from Hisar in Haryana, recently completed 150 caps in Asia Cup. She started playing hockey as per the wish of her grandfather Mahinder Singh and starred in India’s bronze medal effort in Junior Asia Cup in 2009.

“I am very happy that I could contribute in team’s win. I (will) work harder to bring more laurels and will not let my unemployment affect my game,” the 27-year-old Punia had said after the team’s return from Japan.

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