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Peon's job for CWG bronze medalist

Dec 03, 2010 08:08 AM IST India India

On World Disability Day, para swimmer and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Prashant Karmakar has accused the Railways of insulting his achievements.

He was promised a position in the Railways by none other than Railways Minister Mamta Banerjee after his bronze medal but he feels he's being insulted with a Group-D job.

Prashant was quite hopeful when he was promised a job by Mamata Banerjee but when the offer came, it was for a group D job.

"Group C job means a lower division clerk but group D I'm not sure.. maybe an office boy, or peon or waiter that," said Prashant.

For someone who dropped out of college to focus on his sport, there aren't too many choices. And while there is a provision for central govt jobs for other medal winners, those from the paralympics stream don't have any.

"Players don't care too much about education. Sachin too was not too educated and wrestler Akhil - he's also in the railways, he's not too educated. Even state level players get group C, so when it comes to an international level medalist you need to give it a second thought," he said.

"Mamata offered him group D as he was in financial need. Group D has less formalities in time is associated with it. We still stand by the offer. Promotional aspects exist even after joining in group d job, said Anil saxena, Railway board spokesperson.