International players working in the fields to run the household expenses, have won more than 20 medals
Sports Desk : International level Karate player Hardeep Kaur is working in the paddy fields for her survival. His income is only 300 rupees per day. Hardeep, 23, a resident of Gurnekalan village in Punjab's Mansa district, has won more than 20 medals in national and international championships.
During a conversation with a media house, he said that he had never imagined that he would one day be forced to work as a farm laborer. Hardeep said, we belong to a poor Dalit family. We do not have land and have to work as labourers. I earn between Rs.300 to Rs.350 by working in paddy fields. I have to work in the fields to support my family.
Hardeep Kaur's father Naib Singh (55) and mother Sukhwinder Kaur (45) also work in the paddy field. Hardeep Kaur is currently pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Education from Patiala. She said, “I am pursuing DPED in Patiala and do household work to support my studies and parents and now work as labor in paddy fields.
Hardeep recalled the days when he won a gold medal in Malaysia in 2018 and was announced a government job. He said, Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Sodhi met him and announced a government job. Three years have passed and the promise remains unfulfilled.
The budding athlete has also gone to Chandigarh 4 times in connection with the job but to no avail. Hardeep Kaur said, he called me to his office in Chandigarh and promised me a government job. I was also asked to submit an application but after that I was never called by any government office. He said, a champion karate player who brought laurels to the country at the international level, now he is finding it difficult to survive.