Punjab govt offers job to Olympian athlete Makhan Singh`s son

Chandigarh: Olympian athlete late Subedar Makhan Singh`s son Bhupinder Singh was on Tuesday appointed as a helper in the office of District Welfare Officer Hoshiarpur with immediate effect by the Punjab government.

In recognition of the performance of Makhan Singh, who had the honour of beating legendary athlete Milkha Singh twice in the National Games at Kolkata in 1962, the Punjab government took this decision.

Makhan Singh`s family has been living in a state of penury and the Punjab government decision to offer a job to Bhupinder was aimed at rehabilitating the family of former althlete of national repute, who belonged to Chhabewal, Hoshiarpur here.

Punjab`s Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Defense Welfare) Virsa Singh Valtoha expressed his deep anguish at the present state of Makhan Singh`s family, including his wife Salinder Kaur.

Valtoha appreciated the efforts of Manjit Singh, Director Defense Services Welfare, Punjab, who took keen initiative to ensure respectable rehabilitation of the family.

The family of Makhan Singh, who also have a physically challenged member to take care of, would be provided `Disability relief` from Punjab Amalgamated Fund, a release said here on Tuesday.


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