Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu has been appointed a Group-I officer in Andhra Pradesh. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu handed over the government order to the Rio Olympics silver winning shuttler on 27 July 2017. Presenting the offer letter, Naidu said he was hopeful that Sindhu would bring more medals to the country in future.
Chandrababu Naidu had promised a Group-I post to Sindhu when she won the silver medal in Olympics. Accordingly, she was appointed the deputy collector. The state government has issued orders in this regard, mentioning that PV Sindhu is appointed the deputy collector, asking her to report to the concerned commissioner within 30 days. The government had amended Andhra Pradesh (Regulation of Appointments to Public Services and Rationalisation of Staff Pattern and Pay Structure) Act, 1994, as recruitment in public service has to be made only through the APPSC, selection committee or employment exchange.
The 21-year-old shuttler has been working with Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) since 2013 and is currently an assistant manager (sports) at its Hyderabad office. Sindhu has expressed happiness over her appointment and clarified that badminton is her first priority, adding, she would concentrate on this sport. Although Sindhu had missed out on gold in Rio de Janeiro, she scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete ever to win silver at the Olympics. She also became the fifth Indian woman to clinch a medal in Olympics history after Karnam Malleswari, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Sakshi Malik. In a bid to honour the shining badminton star, the Telangana government had felicitated Sindhu with Rs 5 crore cash reward, a residential plot in Hyderabad, while the Andhra government had presented her a cash award worth Rs 3 crore.