Guwahati: The Assam Cabinet, headed by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, has decided to appoint ace sprinter Hima Das as a deputy superintendent (DSP) in Assam Police.
The cabinet also amended the integrated sports policy of the state for the appointment of sportspersons as Class-I and Class-II officers in different departments of the state government.
“The CoM approved amendment to the Integrated Sports Policy for the State providing for appointment to medal winners of Olympics, Asian Games, CWG (Class 1) and medal winners of World Championship senior (class 2) officers. Hima Das will be appointed as Deputy Superintendent,” the official Twitter handle of chief minister of Assam wrote.
Thanking CM Sonowal, Hima Das wrote on Twitter: “I thank our Hon’ble Chief Minister @sarbanandsonwal sir @himantabiswa sir for my appointment as Deputy SP with @assampolice. The decision is a huge motivation for me. I look forward to be of service to my state and my nation.
The 20-year-old, Hima Das, became the first Indian woman and also the first-ever Indian athlete to win a gold medal in any format of a global track event at the IAAF World U20 Championship when she clocked a speed of 51.46 seconds.
Das went on to become a Triple Asian Games medallist Hima and broke her own 400m national record within a day and won the silver in 2018 Asian Games in Jarkata.
She was then conferred with the Arjuna Award and last year was nominated for Khel Ratna as well.
In July 2019, Das won five 200m gold medals in less than a month at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland, Kutno Athletics Meet, Kladno Athletics meet in the Czech Republic, Tabor Athletic Meet, and Mezinarodni Atleticky Mitnik.
Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju lauded the move of the Assam Cabinet and also congratulated the ace Indian sprinter.