Reward on tracks: Bigan Soy
Jharkhand’s newest international hockey sensation Bigan Soy may see her career chugging along smoothly.
Ranchi railway division has decided to give the young girl a job and forwarded a proposal to this effect to its zonal office, Garden Reach, Calcutta, for a final seal of approval.
If all goes well, the petite goalie who shot to fame after she ensured India’s historic bronze win against England at the Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 Women in Mönchengladbach, Germany, this August 4, will have a job in hand in the next one month.
“Yes, we want to employ her. We have taken the decision and around 10 days ago forwarded the proposal to our zonal office in Garden Reach, Calcutta. Her railway job will now depend on their final ratification,” said Gajanan Mallya, divisional railway manager, Ranchi.
Mallya said Bigan would get a job according to her educational qualification.
Bigan, who has completed her intermediate and is pursuing her graduation with history honours from Birsa College, Khunti, is entitled to a Class C job.
Indian Railways, one of the biggest employers of India’s sporting fraternity, have names such as Olympic bronze medallist Sushil Kumar and sprint legend P.T. Usha, among many others, on its rolls.
A railway job will mean a lot to the modest farmer’s daughter from Bandgaon village, West Singhbhum.
On August 4, till the 70 minutes of the regular match, India and England were tied 1-1. The match could have gone either way.
Bigan, the “surprise package”, was called in place of India’s regular goalie Chanu Sanarik Ningombam during the final high-pressure penalty shootout. India pinned down England 3-2 to win bronze.
On August 9, chief minister Hemant Soren acknowledged Bigan’s contribution with a Rs 5 lakh cash award on the maiden state-sponsored International Indigenous People’s Day function at Morabadi’s Birsa Munda football stadium.
Right now, Bigan, training at a Patiala camp, is eyeing berths in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Her hockey mentor Savitry Purty added: “I have talked to Bigan. She said she would be happy to accept the job once it is formally ratified.”
Purty, herself a former international hockey player, is an office superintendent at Ranchi railway division.
“We are delighted. The job will give Bigan financial security. She will be able to concentrate better on her hockey career,” another senior railway official said.